World Photographer Pierre Odier Discusses Bhutan’s Brokpa Community

By on September 16, 2014

In honor of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration, the Centennial Museum and Welcome Center is presenting a series of programs and exhibits to showcase UTEP’s rich history of the past 100 years. Part of that history includes its longstanding friendship with the Kingdom of Bhutan. As a result, the Museum is currently displaying the exhibit “Bhutan: Jewel of the Himalayas” featuring the photography of Mark Paulda, which will be up through Oct. 25.


Pierre Odier, a world traveler, photographer, educator and writer, has also spent much time documenting life in Bhutan, as captured in his book “Some Last People: Vanishing Tribes of Bhutan, China, Mexico, Mongolia and Siberia.“ Odier will present the lecture “Bhutan: Seeking the Brokpa Minorities in East Bhutan” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Centennial Museum.

About the Brokpas, Odier writes, “Hidden from the rest of the world deep in the Himalayas, Bhutan has only in recent years opened up to the outer world. Within this land-locked kingdom remain a people far removed from the modern world. The Brokpa, a semi-nomadic people, live in the far eastern region of Bhutan. They are few in number and live very much like their ancestors did centuries ago. Their adaptation to modern ways is still very slow and in the process, provide us with a true window into their past.”

Join us as we explore the Kingdom of Bhutan through Odier’s eyes.

About Pierre Odier:

A native of Switzerland, Odier moved to the United States in 1959 where he served in the U.S. Army and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and his Masters of Fine Arts from California State University in Los Angeles. Odier taught photography for many years and served as president of the National Photography Instructors Association, among many others. Today, Odier travels extensively and is a much sought-after lecturer and conference speaker. He currently resides in Eagle Rock, Calif., and is owner of a publishing company, L’Image Odier.


What: Pierre Odier, photographer, presents the lecture “Bhutan: Seeking the Brokpa Minorities in East Bhutan.”

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Where: Centennial Museum and Welcome Center, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP Campus.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

RSVP: 747-5565.






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Maribel Villalva is the executive director of UTEP's Centennial Celebration and the director of its Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens.