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Talk: The Less Known Pumi People
 
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Pumi is one of the least known ethnic minority groups in China, and out of the 30,000 Pumi people, most of them live in the huge mountains of the Lanping County, Yunnan Province. Due to its relatively isolated location, this small tribe gradually develops their own language and unique culture, and formed the nowadays Pumi culture. Although they do not have written language, they had been able to pass down their history, and keep their traditions through their storytelling, folk song singing, and indigenous religious ceremonies.

Chen Zhe, a famous Chinese musician who had written many popular songs in the 1980s, founded a grassroots NGO C Tufeng Projects six years ago. He organized his friends and volunteers to visit the local communities, trying their best to help establishing a mechanism, which provides incentive for the youth to learn from their elder generations. Six years later, Chen Zhe is relieved to say that he now has more than a dozen cultural centers established at the village level, and hundreds of Pumi youth are now actively learning their own music heritage systematically with their grandparents.

Chen Zhe will talk to CCC friends about Pumi people, their music and culture, and two typical Pumi villages and beautiful forest and landcapes.

The talk will be in Chinese with English interpretation.

Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.
         
   
         
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