National Geographic : 1952 Dec
© National Geographic Society 726 Kodachromes by Burt Kerr Todd Flails Beat in Rhythm as Maids of Ha Valley Thresh the Governor's Barley Pounded on sun-baked clay, barley husks give up their grain for pastry and chang, the Bhutanese beer. With each twist of the breeze, the prayer flag (left) mechanically repeats devotions to Buddha painted on its surface. One of the Ha Valley's pine-cloaked "Three Brothers" looms beyond. -± School children go to Ha Dzong for lessons in geography, arithmetic, and reading (Bhutanese, Hindi, and English). Jigmie Dorji, Governor of Ha, encourages all children to attend school. Sliding shutters substitute for glass in the fort's windows. The drum (right) announces meals.