Sunday, January 6, 2008

January 18, 2008: Gatlang by David Johnson

Davd Johnson will be our featured speaker following our regular January 18th meeting, at approximately 8:30 pm.

Gatlang is located in the Himalayan Mountains north fo Katmandu, Nepal and west of Langtang National Park. The area is closed to foreigners and requires a permit from the national government to gain access, The only way to enter is along narrow foot paths and the Tamong people have lived in this region for generations. Within the village of Gatlang community life hasn't changed for centuries and very few nodern conveniences are present, consiting of a radio tranmitter phone and a few solar panels. Traditional cultural values continue to flourish. As I photographed the village I was amazed at how similar it was to Inca villages

I have been studing in the Andes Mountains of Peru. In Peru we examine the ruins of villages in an attempt to understand what daily life was like. In Gatlang the village is alive yet all but frozen in the past offering Inca scholars the closest thing to time travel. While in Gatlang I saw, felt, smelled, tasted and heard the sounds of ancient past uninhibited by the modern world. This program will take you into the daily life I observed in Gatlang and compare it to the Inca villages of the past.

The monthly the Incorporated Orange County Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association meeting Friday evenings at 7:30 pm in the community room of the Goshen Methodist Church, 115 Main St, Goshen, NY 10924.  Please enter by the side door on Court Lane. The community room is one flight up and to your right.

Goshen United Methodist Church

(845) 291-3943

115 Main St

Goshen, NY 10924

The public is invited to attend.

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