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Fall 2014

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We Are Sherpa is an ethnographic film that aims to better understand how young Sherpas living in Nepal conceive of their culture. In the face of many other cultures, how are Sherpa traditions, and not least, the Sherpa language, being practiced by the younger generation that is markedly more mobile and educated than the generations before them. There are dedicated efforts to preserve the language, which is not formally written, and retain traditional music, dance, and religious practices through educational means and a Sherpa radio station. These Sherpas are actively involved in these efforts and believe that there is hope for their culture in the generations to come.

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This paper was written for the International Bridge Course, Fall 2014, and was funded by the Mellon International Bridge Course Grant.

The International Bridge Course is a unique opportunity for Gettysburg students to engage in a faculty-mentored research project of their own design over a three-semester period. IBC scholars began their research in semester one, carry out continuing or comparative research while studying abroad in semester two, and complete their research and submit their final project in semester three. Credit is awarded in semester three via an independent study. In this way, students, under the continued mentorship of a faculty member, may truly integrate their study abroad experience with the coursework they have taken on campus.

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