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Amchis: The Forgotten Healers of the Himalayas
Content:Documentary Film
Available From:Filmakers Library
Media Type:Videocassette
Release Date:2001
Audience:Higher Education
Secondary Education
Running Time:52 min.
Physical Description:one video cassette (1/2") 52 min.
Author: Poise Chiche Films
Subject:Anthropology and Sociology
Science, Technology, & the Environment
Subheading:Alternative Medicine
Public Health
Rural Conditions
Rural Development & Urbanization
Social Change
Region:East Asia


Zanskar is a valley tucked between the steep mountains on the border of the Himalayas, at an altitude of 3,700 meters. In each village in this remote area of the world, there is a traditional Tibetan medicine man named the "Amchi." Since the beginning of time, the Amchi has passed his knowledge down from father to son, or from teacher to student. With the construction of a new road, however, the valley was left vulnerable to the outside world. Since then, the younger generation has rejected the age-old wisdom and practices of the Amchi, embracing more modern, lucrative activities instead. As a result, these forgotten healers of the Himalayas are perhaps the last to practice Tibetan medicine.

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