Cutting-Vernay Expedition to Tibet of the American Museum of Natural History 1935

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NOT DONE - NOTES FOR THIS ARE IN THE PPC C88 ------The official mission for this expedition was to gather botany samples for Kew Gardens of England and to gather ethnographic materials for American Museum of Natural History. Took place in October of 1935.

from film marc record: The Vernay-Cutting expedition to Tibet was co-led by Charles Suydam Cutting and Arthur Stannard Vernay, another AMNH trustee. Its purpose was to collect ethnological objects for the AMNH and botanical specimens for the Kew Gardens in England.

Sources

    (1) C. Suydam Cutting, “In Lhasa-The Forbidden” Natural History, February 1936, Volume XXXVII.
    (2) C. Suydam Cutting, The Fire Ox and Other Years, New York, Scribner’s Sons, 1940

Chronology

  • 1935: LhasaExternal link Tibetian holy city which housed the Potala and Norpa Linga
  • 1935: Tsang Po Valley (Expedition Site) Gathered botanical specimens near Shigatse.
  • 1935: XigazêExternal link (Expedition Site) Tibetian city where the Tashi Lumpo is and where they collected ethnographic objects by purchase.
  • 1935: Tsang Po river Route the expedition took from Shigatse to Lhasa
  • 1935: Nyang Chu River Tibutary of Tsang Po river, Route the expedition took from Shigatse to Lhasa

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LhasaExternal link
dates: 1935

Tibetian holy city which housed the Potala and Norpa Linga
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Tsang Po Valley
(Expedition Site)

dates: 1935

Gathered botanical specimens near Shigatse.
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XigazêExternal link
(Expedition Site)

dates: 1935

Tibetian city where the Tashi Lumpo is and where they collected ethnographic objects by purchase.
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Tsang Po river
dates: 1935

Route the expedition took from Shigatse to Lhasa
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Nyang Chu River
dates: 1935

Tibutary of Tsang Po river, Route the expedition took from Shigatse to Lhasa

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

participantIn
American Museum of Natural History
associated dates: 1928-1935

Gathering ethnographic material for this intitution
participantIn
Bailey, Lieut. Col. F.M.
Lieut. Col. F.M. Bailey, the British political officer at the Tibetan frontier first allowed Cutting into Tibet during the Cutting-Vernay Expedition to Tibet of the American Museum of Natural History, even though it was thought unlikely that passage would be allowed. Cutting approached Bailey in 1928 for a proposed expedition.
participantIn
Cutting, C. Suydam (Charles Suydam), 1889-1972
associated dates: 1928-1935

Leader, co-financer of the Cutting-Vernay Expedition to Tibet of the American Museum of Natural History. Worked many years to plan and make connections in order to gain permits to journey to the expeditions locations in Tibet. Up to this point foreigners were allowed no farther into Tibet than Shigatse.
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Kew Gardens of England
Botonized for this institution [what does this mean? IL]
Norpa Linga
The expedition stayed in a small house adjacent to Norpa Linga, one of the summer palaces and the regular residence of the late Dalai Lama. [Move to the timeline? IL]
Potala
A landmark palace in the city of Lhasa. The Potala, considered both a palace and monastery, was the winter residence of the Dalai Lama. At the time of the expedition no one was living there. [Move to the timeline? IL]
collaboratesWith
Re-ting Po Gya Tsap Rimpoche
Regent of Tibet
collaboratesWith
Si-lṉ Yab-shi Lang-Dn
Prime Minister of Tibet
Tashi Lumpo
A very large monastery for 3500 lamas which is about a mile from Shigatse and served as a landmark. [Move to the timeline? IL]
participantIn
Vernay, Arthur Stannard, 1877-1960
Leader, co-financer of the Cutting-Vernay Expedition to Tibet of the American Museum of Natural History.

Related Resources

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To Lhasa and Shigatse [videorecording.]
Creator: American Museum of Natural History. Extent: 1 videocassette (73 min.) : si., b&w ; 3/4 in. Repository: AMNH Special Collections, Film Collection no. 166
creatorOf
Cutting-Vernay Expedition to Tibet, 1935, Field Photographs from Shigatse and Lhasa, Tibet
Creator: Cutting, C. Suydam (Charles Suydam), 1889-1972 Extent: 1 linear foot (2 boxes), 41 images Repository: AMNH Special Collections, PPC .C88

Written by: Valerie Clark
Last modified: 2016 November 10


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