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Before China's occupation of Tibet, Tibet was predominately nomads and farmers. This scene depicts the life of an ordinary Tibetan nomad family from Western Tibet.

A nomad family lived on their animals - yaks, sheep, goats and horses. Male yak were used for carrying loads and female yak called "dri" were for milk. Similarly the male sheep were beasts of burden and the female sheep call "mamo" were for milk

Tibetans follow the four seasons. Nomads moved from pasture to pasture between the summer and winter places. Because they were on the move, most of them lived in tents.

The tents were made of yak hair. The women spun the yak hair from the flocks and then it was woven. The men sewed them into tents. Yak hair tents were water proof and enduringly durable.

A Tibetan nomad family before 1959 lived a self-sustained life. They made all their clothing themselves. They produced their essential food stuffs themselves.

Spring was fun. Green grasses began to grow and then wild flowers cover the vast pasture. Cool spring breeze welcomes the wonderful summer followed by autumn where horse racing and festivities brought happy days.