Nomads’ Land: Interactive Map

A Himba child in Namibia (photo by Rita Willaert/Flickr)

Our ancestors were nomads, but today, out of 6.8 billion people, only 30 million lead migratory lives. Summer Pasture (tonight on Independent Lens at 10 PM  — check local listings ) spotlights a nomadic family in the grasslands of Dzachukha in eastern Tibet. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter depend on yaks for their survival, but Dzachukha is becoming more settled, threatening their way of life.

Many nomadic societies around the world are facing threats to their way of life by forced resettlement, climate change, political unrest, armed conflict, and assimilation into modern urban cities.

Here’s a sampling of nomadic people throughout the globe who maintain the peripatetic lifestyle despite its challenges.


View Nomadic People Worldwide in a larger map

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  • evanabramson

    In When the Water Ends, we meet four nomadic tribes in Ethiopia and Kenya who are compelled to take up arms to defend their water sources: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/when_the_water_ends_africas_climate_conflicts/2331/

  • Lisa colletti

    I loved your documentary about Locho and his and his wife’s lifestyle

  • Hellolisa123

    I hope Locho and family succed in their endeavors.

  • Ddeemclay

    When I saw them spinning the yarn, I was amazed! I spin my own yarn myself, but I use a wheel. If Yama had a wheel, it would be so much easier for her. I would love to purchase Yak roving from the Nomads of Tibet.

  • NADIMPALLI RAJARAM

    MAY GOD BLESS AND GUIDE THESE PEOPLE , SWAHA – AMEN – AMEEN .