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On Tue, May 10, 2016 at 12:49 PM, Mary Anne Murray <[log in to unmask]>

> Excellent and reminiscent of so many places where we work - the great
> importance of animal dung in daily life...thanks, appreciated.
> On Sun, May 8, 2016 at 5:38 PM, PEÑA CHOCARRO, LEONOR <
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>> Hi Naomi,
>> Thanks for sharing this excellent film. some of the uses reminds me so
>> much of what we studied in Morocco!.
>> Best
>> Leonor
>> Ann Butler <[log in to unmask]> escribió:
>> Hi Naomi
>> A lovely film - very reminiscent of Ethiopia, where they collect dung
>> from all herbivores and use it for walls, internal wall plaster, shelves,
>> bed platforms, oven covers/lids...
>> Cheers, Ann
>> On 7 May 2016 at 19:30, Naomi Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone, a friend just passed this link on. It’s great, especially
>>> if you are interested in dung.
>>> Julia writes: The film is called Yak Dung (牛粪), and is about the
>>> manifold uses of yak dung by Qinghai pastoralists on the Tibetan plateau. It's
>>> short (just 49 minutes) and definitely worth taking the time to watch.
>>> Here's the link:
>>> And a blurb:
>>> With temperatures falling as low as -40º C on the plateau, yak dung is a
>>> valuable source of warmth for herdsmen. A non-polluting fuel, it is used to
>>> burn offerings to the gods and light oil lamps. Dung can be used to build
>>> houses and walls. It is the natural fertilizer of the grasslands, and it
>>> can be used as medicine and for washing clothes. Children can even make
>>> toys out of it, while artists sometimes sculpt figurines of the Buddha out
>>> of the material. The quality of the dung is an indicator of the
>>> environmental health of the plateau and the yaks that roam it. In short,
>>> for those of us who live on the plateau, dung is something we cannot live
>>> without. But the day we will have to live without it is getting nearer and
>>> nearer, and that day we will no longer be ourselves. Filmmaker Lanzhe is a
>>> Tibetan herdsman from Qinghai Province. This is his first documentary; Yak
>>> Dung has screened at festivals across China and in Sydney, New York, and
>>> Toronto.
>>> Naomi
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