Tuesday, January 18, 2011

in Namje

Travis Price on his recent trip to Nepal checking out the site: "Walking the middle mountains of Nepal in Namje. Cold, stunning, and in shaman time."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Travis update from Nepal

"The photo above of us at the site are local villagers, builders, and plantsmen.  Also is Kathleen Lane, Rajeev Goyal, Priyanka Bistra, and Stephanie Odegard of Odegard Carpets.  I'm somewhere,  in my mind at least!  A formidable team!“

Travis just returned from his latest adventures to Nepal and Doha:

"Happy New Year!!!! We have been at 6000 ft in a Magar Village, no heat, cold, but heavily layered.  Stunning views of the Himalaya and amazing shaman ceremonies as well as helping villagers with development designs for homes and farms. The entire village greeted us with a host of 5 Shamans singing and sacrificing chickens in dancing ceremonies........ amazing."

Travis also dished that the theme for this year's Spirit of Place in Nepal will be Magar Culture of Nepal "Memorial to the Ancestors." At this point, I'm just as clueless as you, but I absolutely cannot wait to find out what all this means! 


Friday, January 7, 2011

The site of Spirit of Place 2011 mentioned in The New Yorker

Peter Hessler talks about Rajeev Goyal, a young activist and former Peace Corps volunteer, and his successful water-pump project in eastern Nepal. Hessler's portrayal compares the streets of Washington, DC to that of Namje village, the site of Spirit of Place 2011. It provides a perspective on the history of his involvement to the area and will be of utmost importance to us as he introduces us to the area. Read more here and the full article here. You can also listen to an audio clip of Hessler here.