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Dr. Joseph Rock. Two Tibetan monks summon the Choni lamas, using large horns. Choni, Tibet. 1920s- 1930s. National Geographic Stock.

Dr. Joseph F. Rock. A view of the Yongning Lamasery. Nyorophu Island, Yongning Lake, Yunnan Province, China. 1920s-1930s. National Geographic Stock.

Dr. Joseph F. Rock. This view is of the Choni town from the south side of the Tao river. Choni, Tibet. 1920s-1930s. National Geographic Stock.

Dr. Joseph Rock. Dancers, known as Bowa, pose as Gombo, Masur Lhamo, and their wives. Choni, Tibet. 1920s-1930s. National Geographic Stock.

Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884 – 1962) was an explorer, geographer and botanist. Born in Vienna, but emigrated to the United States in 1905 and moved to Hawaii in 1907, where he became the first official botanical of Hawaii. From 1922 to 1949 he spent his time in the remote areas of China and Tibet, collecting exotic plants and escaped to the local warlords, he eluded bandits, met Buddhist lamas and he photographed people and rituals unknown. He has written several articles for National Geographic magazine about his adventurous expeditions in these remote places.

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