Yak Girl: Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal: Saturday, February 17th 2018

Yak Girl


Growing Up in the Remote Dolpo Region of Nepal


Author talk and signing

This unusual memoir immerses us in the fascinating story of a spirited girl in a remote, undeveloped region of Nepal near the border of Tibet, a place made known to the world in Peter Matthiesen’s The Snow Leopard. Life above 13,000 feet in Upper Dolpo—often called the last paradise because of its breathtaking snow-capped peaks, untouched beauty, and hand-irrigated green pastures—was one of constant risk and harsh survival.

   Dorje Dolma was the oldest of eleven children, only six of whom survived the conditions in which they lived. At age ten, Dorje’s parents took her on a month-long trek to Kathmandu to find help for a serious health problem. There they encountered Westerners who arranged to bring Dorje to the United States and get her the surgery she needed to save her life. Dorje eventually graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Fine Arts, worked as a pre-school teacher, and now continues to develop her art.



“A rare and fascinating testimony, told from the inside, of a little girl who made an incredible trip from inner Dolpo to America—and from the Middle Ages to the 21st century.”   —Eric Valli, director of the Oscar-nominated film Himalaya


Saturday, February 17th 2018

12:00 PM

   Taft Public Library

   29 North Ave

   Mendon, MA