Khampa nomad in Labrang, Amdo Tibet.<br />
The Khampas, from the eastern Kham region are often seen wearing long braids adorned with red tassels and coins tied to the top of their heads. They walk with bravado as their silver ornate knives swing from their waists. When the Chinese first began their slow but steady infiltration into eastern Tibet in 1949 it was these brave nomadic warriors who fiercely wielded their swords to protect their land and their newly instated Tibetan leader, the young fourteenth Dalai Lama and aid him into his escape into exile in India. Some 130,000 refugees soon followed, but nearly six million were left behind.

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Khampa nomad in Labrang, Amdo Tibet.
The Khampas, from the eastern Kham region are often seen wearing long braids adorned with red tassels and coins tied to the top of their heads. They walk with bravado as their silver ornate knives swing from their waists. When the Chinese first began their slow but steady infiltration into eastern Tibet in 1949 it was these brave nomadic warriors who fiercely wielded their swords to protect their land and their newly instated Tibetan leader, the...
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  • Date: 14 Jul 2008
  • Location: Amdo
  • Filename: awright_T-16444.jpg
  • Image size: 3712x5616 pixels