National Geographic : 1982 Feb
\A LAND CUT OFFfrom all the modem world," wrote Dr. Rock in S 1930. But no more, as we see during a visit to this yak-hair home (right)in the Snow Mountain Commune. Near the tent, anchored by ropes and capable of withstanding70 mile-an-hourwinds, the pile of sheep wool at left will probably go to market, since we saw no weaving among the Gologs. The pile of deer antlersat center will be sold to the Chinese to be ground into powder and takenfor its claimed aphrodisiac and medicinalproperties.A carcassof a Himalayanfox dries on a tent stay, and mountain sheepskins are piled at far right. The world steps inside as well. The felt hat of a matron (below left) is of Chinese manufacture; her necklace of turquoise and fossilized coral comes from Tibet. Her cabinet holding bowls and cups, set againstthe tent wall, was imported, too, since the Gologs have few forests to supply wood. That same shortage accounts for the wide use ofyak dung asfuel in a Golog designed earthen stove (below), as clean and efficient as any I've ever seen. Yet even in summer the family drawn to this hub of warmth wears sheepskin-lined wraps against the omnipresentcold of high altitude.