Tibetan isn’t an endangered alphabet in the sense that very few people now read and write it, but news that the Chinese government has ordered that the Chinese rather than Tibetan script be taught in the schools in Tibet—which means that future generations won’t be able to read sacred texts in Tibetan, for example–shows just how easily the fortunes of even a major script can change. With that in mind, and with the help of Sandra Bauer of Carleton University in Ottawa, I contacted Urgyen Gyalpo, a master Tibetan calligrapher. I highly recommend you visit his website and support his work.

Tibet is a region that lies north-east of the Himalayas, geographically set on a plateau.
Map of Tibet

Price: $750

All sales of carvings support the non-profit work of the Endangered Alphabets Project. Twenty percent of all profits go to Rokpa International, supporting sick and homeless children in the Himalayas. To order, or to inquire about commissions, email brookes@champlain.edu.