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A Journey Through Western Tibet (1938)

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From the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art comes this online exhibit dedicated to the 1938 journey of Wilber L. Cummings, Jr. (1914-1943) and F. Bailey Vanderhoef, Jr., who traveled from Kalimpong, India to western Tibet. As UCSB religious studies scholar Jose Ignacio Cabezon explains in the introduction to this exhibit, the pair hoped to "document the religious art and the famous 'lama dances' at the monastery of Palkhor Choede, located in the city of Gyangtse in western Tibet." Some of these photographs were published in a 1939 issue of Life magazine. This online exhibit consists of five parts. First, visitors may read the late Wilber Cummings's journal made available by his sister, Molly Cummings Minot Cook. Visitors may also read F. Bailey Vanderhoef's memoirs, which consist of fifteen chapters recounting the trip. Next, the exhibit features over 80 black and white photographs from the journey and eighteen full-color images of Tibetan art. Finally, visitors may view the route that Cummings and Vanderhoef took in the Maps of the Trip section.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-04-27
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0427

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