Join us for a film screening of Shielding the Mountains, Cultures of Nature in Tibet on June 7, 14, 21 and 28th at 2:00pm.
Why have Tibetans become environmentalists? How do Tibetan conceptions of nature differ from Western ones? The film explores these questions through a narrative that features Rinchen Samdrup, the leader of a Tibetan community environmental organization in a remote area (Gonjo, Chamdo) in the eastern Tibetan Autonomous Region, and Tashi Dorje, a leading Tibetan environmentalist in China who first became interested in conservation after the death of a good friend at the hands of a Tibetan antelope poachers. Viewers learn about the coalitions of Chinese and Tibetan environmentalists that make Rinchen’s work possible, as well as about the religious, cultural, and personal motivations for Tibetan environmentalism, and its basis in a particular understanding of the landscape, of what “nature” is, and why it should be protected. The film is free with regular Museum admission of $6/$4 students and seniors.