Downtown Bend: Himalaya Bound - A Journey with Nomads in North India

Sunday, June 09, 2019
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Downtown Bend Library
Brooks Room
Author Michael Benanav reads and shares photos of his journey.

Author and photographer Michael Benanav presents a slide show / reading based on his award-winning book, "Himalaya Bound: One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life." Featuring remarkable images of nomadic life in the jungles and mountains of north India, Michael will take you on a visual journey with the Van Gujjars - a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads - as they trek with their herds of water buffaloes into the Himalayas on their annual spring migration. This compelling true story offers an intimate glimpse into a rarely seen world and the modern forces that threaten it, exploring the complicated tensions between environmental conservation and indigenous rights while sharing the daily dramas of life on the trail with a family who sacrifices their own comfort for the well-being of their animals. Himalaya Bound is a great adventure and an incisive work of literary journalism. For more about the book, please visit

Michael Benanav is a writer and photographer for The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. His photos have been exhibited at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, as well as at Lincoln Center and, soon, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Himalaya Bound is his third book.

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Michael Brenanav
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