The Heart of Helambu: Ethnography and Entanglement in Nepal
Published: April 2016© 2016
184 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.44 in, 1 map
Over the course of the last twenty-five years, Tom O’Neill has traveled frequently to Kathmandu and the Helambu region of Nepal to undertake ethnographic fieldwork with the Yolmo business owners and carpet weavers of the area. The Heart of Helambu is an evocative and touching account of his experiences working in Nepal during those turbulent times.
In his autoethnographic memoir, O’Neill reflects on the complex relationships he developed with his research participants: the carpet weavers, their families, and others in the communities which he studied. A compelling account of ethnographic fieldwork’s personal dimension and the ethical and emotional challenges that come with maintaining relationships across substantial social distances, The Heart of Helambu illustrates an important aspect of anthropological research through O’Neill’s engaging story.
Chapter One: Solidarity, in Little Pieces
Chapter Two: They Kill Animals Only for the Gods
Chapter Three: A Map of Boudhanath
Chapter Four: You Should Not Be too Big a Person
Chapter Five: A Modest Chöten
Chapter Six: Diverging Paths
Chapter Seven: A Family Problem
Chapter Eight: Narayanhiti
Selected Glossary of Nepali and Tibetan Terms
"The Heart of Helambu offers an informed and thoughtful voice in autoethnographic literature. The author has created a significant contribution to anthropological literature by utilizing advanced, state-of-the-art research."Robert Desjarlais, Department of Anthropology, Sarah Lawrence College
"Tom O’Neill’s The Heart of Helambu nicely captures lived experiences of social change, migration and globalization in Nepal."Sienna Craig, Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College