The Ends Of Kinship
For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labor abroad have shaped their modern experiences. More recently, permanent migrations to New York City, where many have settled, are recasting lives and social worlds. As a result, Mustang has experienced one of the highest rates of depopulation in contemporary Nepal-a profoundly visible loss that contrasts with the relative Invisibility of Himalayan migrants in New York. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork with people in and from Mustang, Sienna Craig combines narrative ethnography and short fiction to engage with foundational questions in cultural anthropology: How do different generations abide with and understand each other? How are traditions defended and transformed in the context of new mobilities?