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The students will list three unique characteristics of
the Newars and the Tamang. The students will locate on
a map of Nepal where the Newars and the Tamang live.
1. Review material on the different ethnic groups of
Nepal. Have two students give their report on the
ethnic background of their own family.
2. Either read the information of the Newars and the
Tamang to the class or have each student read it
3. Locate on the map of Nepal where the Newars and the
Tamang people live. Discuss the unique characteristics
of each of these cultures.
1. The students will read the paragraphs on the Newars
and the Tamang and answer the questions.
2. On a map of Nepal, the students will locate and
color code where the Newars and the Tamangs reside.
1. Have the students research typical clothes for the
Newars and the Tamangs. Draw what these clothes might
look like (using color) and share this with the class.
2. Research where different ethnic groups are found in
the United States. Is the United States a completely
blended country or are there places in the country
where one ethnic group is more apt to be found?
Discuss why this is.
Newar people are the great artisans of the country of
Nepal. Their sculptures, paintings, metal work, and
architecture are a source of great pride to the
Kathmandu valley. Most of the Newar artwork is
religious, with beliefs of both the Buddhism and
Hinduism intertwined. There are 2,500 temples and
shrines in the Kathmandu Valley that display the
inspirational artwork of the Newars.
Not only are the Newar people religious, but they are
totally committed to family. It is common for one
Newar household to consist of three generations of the
family. The family is highly respected and could be
considered the cornerstone of the Newar culture.
Tamang people are named after a Tibetan word that
means horse soldiers. The Tamangs at one time were
rumored to have been part of the Tibetan calvary and
now live outside of the Kathmandu valley. Today
however, most Tamangs are farmers or craftsmen.
Intricate wicker work and carpentry are the areas of
expertise for the Tamangs.
Like the Newars, the Tamangs are very religious
people. Buddhism is the primary religion although some
follow the Bon religion, which is said to be
pre-Buddhist. Many ceremonies and rituals are
performed for things such as good crops, personal
well-being, and for the dead. Polygamy, having more
than one wife, is often practiced although the
1. What are some unique characteristics of the Newar
and Tamang people? Be able to list three interesting
2. On a map of Nepal, locate and color code where the
Newars and the Tamangs live.
3. What does "polygamy" mean and is it
practiced in the United States?
Lisa Choegyal, Insight Guides Nepal, Langenscheidt
Publishers Inc., New York, 11378, p. 79-81.
State Standard - SS3 E5 Describe natural and human
characteristics of places and use this knowledge to
define regions, their relationships with other regions
and their patterns of change, with emphasis on:
1 common characteristics of regions at local, national
and international scales on the basis of climate,
landforms, ecosystems and culture.
2 patterns of climate, landforms and ecosystems in a
4 the concept of region and how and why regions
5 relationships and interactions among regions.