UVa’s Audio-Video collections are a repository of public and private recordings ranging from valuable and unique recordings stemming from fieldwork, performances, lectures, and more, to collections of clips from other recordings used primarily for learning purposes. They have the capacity for interactive, searchable transcripts, as well as dynamic links to relevant subjects and places allowing exploration of related resources across the SHANTI Collections of audio-video, photos, texts, and visualizations.
The Tibetan and Himalayan Library (THL) is a publisher of websites, information services, and networking facilities relating to the Tibetan plateau and southern Himalayan regions. One of THL's central foci has been the creation and creative dissemination of audio-video collections with the goal of documenting oral and embodied forms of knowledge in Tibet and the Himalayas, as well as helping facilitate self-representation by residents of the region. THL both creates original audio-video recordings, and helps disseminate the films of others.
Gyalsumdo is a variety of Tibetan that is spoken in a cluster of villages in the lower Manang District of Nepal (Gandaki Zone, 22° 59’ N; 84° 22’ E). There is currently no ISO 639 code assigned to Gyalsumdo. Based on existing available literature, Gyalsumdo has very little prior documentation available on it aside from passing mention of Tibetan-speaking peoples in some Manang villages, and there is still question as to its specific placement/affiliation within lower levels of the Tibeto-Burman taxonomy.