Upcoming Exhibition Announcement

Mountain Minorities:

Tamang and Rai Cultures of Nepal

January 25 – May 10, 2015

East-West Center Gallery

Presented by the East-West Center Arts Program, in cooperation with The Nepal Foundation

Nepal, high in the Himalayas and the birthplace of the Buddha, is a crossroads between India and China. This small landlocked country is home to a great diversity of peoples, languages, flora, and fauna. Nepal has a population of more than 26 million people, made up of over 80 different ethnic communities. Although people often think of the Sherpas guiding trekkers and mountain climbers up to the Everest base camp, there are many lesser known communities living in the lower ranges of the mountains. These are very isolated communities who are often very poor, and have unique ritual practices, clothing, weavings, paintings, and utensils, many of which are on display. This exhibition will focus on two communities: the Tamang and the Rai peoples. In addition, on display are over 50 photographs by two Nepali artists, and thankas by the renowned painter, Hira Lama.

Curator: Michael Schuster

Installation: Lynne Najita

Photographers: Navesh Chitrakar and Uday Karmacharya

Research Assistance: Mary Carroll, Yadav Rai,Mohan Lama, Rabin Lama, Enuka Lama, Shulang Zou, Suresh Tamang, Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i (SNEHA)

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Richard H. Cox, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

Click here to download the exhibition handout.

Special Events in the EWC Gallery with free admission, unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, January 25, 2:00–3:30 p.m.

Exhibition Gala Opening including reception and traditional folk dance and music by the Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i (SNEHA)

*Sunday, February 15, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated talk: “Love, Indigenous Culture, and the Village in Nepali Music”

Anna Stirr, Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of Asian Studies

*Sunday, February 22, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated talk: “The Tamang: Mountain Indigenous Community”

Suresh Tamang, President, Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i

*Sunday, March 1, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated talk: “Release from Poverty: A Nepal Community’s Inspiring Story”

Mary Carroll, Chair, The Nepal Foundation

*Sunday, March 8, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated talk: “Education in Nepal”

Kabi Neupane, Professor, UH Leeward Community College Dept. of Biology

*Sunday, March 22, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated talk: “Improving Heathcare in Nepal through a Hawai‘i-based Youth Movement”

Cierra Nakamura, Pres. Smiles Across Miles; and Sen. Glenn Wakai, Pres. Reach Out Pacific.

*Sunday, April 12, 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Film: Himalaya, directed by Eric Valli

An annual caravan of Nepali villagers struggle to bring salt from the high Himalayas to the lowlands for trade.

*Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.

*Sunday, April 19, 4:00 p.m.

Concert: “Music of the Himalayas”

EWC Imin Center – Jefferson Hall

Featuring Parashuram Bhandari, master of the sarangi

Ticket information, coming soon

Sunday, May 3, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Illustrated talk: “Geology and Culture in Nepal”

Arjun Aryal, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UHM School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology

Gallery Info:

East-West Center Gallery

John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road

(corner Dole St. & East-West Rd.)

Gallery hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Sundays Noon-4:00 p.m.

Closed Saturdays and holidays

For further information: 944-7177


The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.

For 30 years the EWC Arts Program has enriched the community through concerts, lectures, symposia, and exhibitions focusing on traditional arts of the region, and by arranged cultural and educational tours by artists who are skilled in bridging cultures.