We are excited to welcome author and photographer Michael Benanav to share his book Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals - and an Ancient Way of Life on Saturday, June 15th at 5pm. His presentation following his riveting travels among the Himalayas will be accompanied by some of his stunning photographs.
More about Himalaya Bound
Following his vivid account of traveling with one of the last camel caravans on earth in Men of Salt, Michael Benanav now brings us along on a journey with a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads in India. Welcomed into a family of nomadic water buffalo herders, he joins them on their annual spring migration into the Himalayas. More than a glimpse into an endangered culture, this superb adventure explores the relationship between humankind and wild lands, and the dubious effect of environmental conservation on peoples whose lives are inseparably intertwined with the natural world.
The migration Benanav embarked upon was plagued with problems, as government officials threatened to ban this nomadic family--and others in the Van Gujjar tribe--from the high alpine meadows where they had summered for centuries. Faced with the possibility that their beloved buffaloes would starve to death, and that their age-old way of life was doomed, the family charted a risky new course, which would culminating in an astonishing mountain rescue. And Benanav was arrested for documenting the story of their plight.
Intimate and enthralling, Himalaya Bound paints a sublime picture of a rarely-seen world, revealing the hopes and fears, hardships and joys, of a people who wonder if there is still a place for them on this planet.
Laced with stories of tribal cultures from India to Yellowstone, from Jordan to Kenya, Benanav deftly wends through the controversial terrain where Western ways of protecting the environment clash with indigenous understandings of nature. Himalaya Bound celebrates and mourns an ancient way of life, while revealing an unlikely battleground in the fight to save the earth.
More About Michael Benanav
Michael Benanav is a writer and photographer for The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Lonely Planet, and other publications. His work has taken him across five continents, from the Sahara to the Andes, from the Navajo Nation to Kashmir, Mongolia, and more. Himalaya Bound is his third book.
This event is free and open to the public. Most of our events are held upstairs, but we do not have an elevator. Please contact us with any accessibility concerns. To join the signing line and have books signed by the author at this event, please consider purchasing your copy of Himalaya Bound from Country Bookshelf, either in-store, over the phone, or online (see below). By purchasing your book from Country Bookshelf, you are not only supporting a locally owned, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to Country Bookshelf. The author's previous titles will be available for purchase at the event as supplies last.
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