Tibetan children are a lot of fun to be around. No matter if they are from a farming or nomadic family, they are always entertaining to be with. A lot of nomad children, like the girl pictured above, are often shy when you first meet them, but it doesn't take long for them to warm up around you. Young Tibetan children who live in small towns often will use the few words of English that they know when they see you. It is not uncommon to hear children scream "Hal-low!" to you from 300m away. Children who live in remote areas are very curious about the foreigners they see. When walking around temples or small towns, children will often walk behind you studying every action you do.
Nomad families usually have between 3 and 6 children. The children live in very poor conditions and often aren't able to go to school. Children begin doing chores around the house (many nomads are becoming semi-nomadic living in a mud-brick houses in the winter) or tent when they are 5 or 6 years old. Some of the daily chores include milking the yaks (dri), collecting dung to dry to use as fuel, herding the yaks up the mountain to graze and getting water. Nomad children are often dirty and have dreadlocked hair. During the winter months, the rivers are all frozen solid so it is impossible for them to bathe. Many of my favorite pictures of Tibet are of the nomad children who live there.
Children in any country are great to take pictures of, but the children of Tibet seem to make the best pictures. I have taken many pictures of Tibetan children over the years that I have lived here, but I have posted just some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them.
All of these pictures of children were taken in Amdo or Kham. For more information about these regions of Tibet, send an email to email@example.com.