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By Stevan Harrell

Approximately seven million Yi humans dwell in Southwest China, yet such a lot proficient humans outdoors China have by no means heard of them. This publication, the 1st scholarly learn in a Western language at the Yi in 4 many years, brings this little-known a part of the area to lifestyles. views at the Yi of Southwest China is a awesome choice of paintings via either Yi and overseas students describing their heritage, conventional society, and up to date social adjustments. as well as being necessary as an ethnographic examine, this publication is usually an test in verbal exchange between 3 discourses: the cosmopolitan disciplines of historical past and the social sciences, the chinese language discourse of ethnology and ethnohistory, and the Yi people discourse of family tree and formality. This ebook makes use of the case of the Yi to behavior a global dialog throughout previously remoted disciplines.

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Records embodied in material culture. The phenomena of material culture—developed and transmitted across the generations by each people in the process of carrying out cultural activities such as devising dress, food, housing, and transport—carry with them embodied documentary value. This kind of record is better developed than other kinds, because these activities are a response to the needs of the market. But because records of such activities have not heretofore been included in the sphere of scientific research, and because development of the activities themselves has recently been hurried by commercial considerations, there have developed both false and poor quality goods.

In women’s clothing, differences in color, pattern, and manner of wear express differences in marital, kinship, and parity status. Even more strikingly, in some groups the designs on clothing express “maps of a thousand migrations,” and from these we can read the history of the development of that group. d. Musical and dance symbols. Music and dances that accompany ritual activity have their ritual and historiographic purposes. This means that instrumentation, melody, dance steps, and hand gestures feature patterns expressing metaphorically the stories of the creation myths.

For uses of 9 and its multiples in a different context, see Qubi and Ma, chapter 6 in this volume. 5. Editor’s note: The six zu, or ancestors, occur in classical Y i texts from many parts of the southwest; many scholars believe that these six legendary ancestors, who are said to have founded the various Y i peoples of today, were actually six tribes that dispersed from a common point of origin, usually thought to be somewhere in Yunnan. 40 WU JINGZHONG Another point that deserves our attention is that at this time nzymo were particularly concerned with trying to expand the population.

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