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Sherpas: The Invisible Men of Everest

Sherpas: The Invisible Men of Everest | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
After the avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas, the human cost of Everest peak fever has become inescapably clear.
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The recent disaster on Everest has sparked considerable discussion as to "where to next?" for the Sherpas.

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Paige Therien's curator insight, April 29, 10:29 AM

Similar to many other industries that exploit those on the lowest rungs of the supply chain, the local inhabitants of the Khumbu Valley, Sherpas and Nepalis, face huge risks just to make a decent paycheck while trying to fill the demands of Westerners- including trying to fit Westerners preconceived notions of their own identity.  These people are not producing goods, but instead they are providing services; they are the "tour guides" aka mountaineers that guide people to the summits of Earth's tallest mountains.  Over the past few decades, Sherpa deaths have accounted for 40 percent of all deaths on Mount Everest.  Westerners would assume that since Sherpas are the "experts", nothing can really happen to them, or, if something does happen, it isn't an overly common occurrence.  Sometimes, this mindset, along with lack of oxygen at higher elevations, fosters abuse from tourists towards the guides.  Tourism creates new realities and identities; Westerners have come to believe that today's mountaineering which they experience has always been a part of Sherpa culture, when in fact their expeditions have drastically changed it.  Westerners have also brought things like schools and medical clinics but this is still at the cost of brave Sherpa men.  Unfortunately, it took the most recent avalanche which killed 16, for Sherpas to demand more rights and benefits.

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The Sherpas Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine

The Sherpas Photo Gallery - National Geographic Magazine | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tough, amiable, and business savvy, the people of Nepal's Khumbu region have gotten rich from high-altitude tourism, shepherding trekkers through their homeland step by tortuous step. Now some wonder if their success has come at too high a price.
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Mount Everest Fight Raises Questions About Sherpas

Mount Everest Fight Raises Questions About Sherpas | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Sherpas play a complex, evolving role on the increasingly popular peak—one that few outsiders grasp.
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Sherpa's Story of Mount Everest

Free Technology for Teachers: The Sherpa's Story of Mount Everest | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"There's another side of Everest and that is the perspective of the Sherpa people who are native to the area and have climbed Everest more than any other group." 

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