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Miao Decor

Interior of one of the Miao houses in the village of Wudong where we did interviews. How many clocks can you find in this picture?  [HINT: There are as many clocks as posters of notable Communists.]  If you zoom in, each clock shows a different time.


Transect at Wudong

In spite of the constant rain, we managed to finish a 1,000 sq. meter transect down a 40% slope in the forests outside of Wudong.  Was a slippery mess. That's Yang Chenghua in the back (with the great hat) from the Guizhou Academy of Forestry; he identified all of the trees for us. Zhiyao Lu, a Master's student at Minzu University in Beijing, leads the way down the slope. Yao did a great job tallying the data and keeping the fieldbook dry.  And all the tree names were written in beautiful Chinese characters (many thx, Mr. Yang and Yao).   



Another day of household surveys, this time in the Miao village of Wudong.  The first interview of the day was with this wonderful fellow and his dog.  Non-stop smiles and much good information about the local use of Chinese fir. The only bad thing was that I left my baseball cap in his house.  

The shot below is mostly to give you some idea about the architecture of the houses in this village.  It was the cute kids giving me the peace sign, however, that actually motivated me to dig the camera out of my pack. [NOTES: All of the boards and poles used in local house construction are Chinese fir, or "shamu" (Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook).  I'll stop by and pick my cap up tomorrow; we're running inventory transects in the forests behind the village].


Tau Jiung

Did a series of household interviews in the Miao village of Tau Jiung in southeastern Guizhou, China today. These guys were in the audience during the general meeting when I explained to everyone what I was trying to do. Looked like a tough crowd at first, but the interviews turned out to be quite animated, informative, and fun. [NOTE: Dr. Dayuan Xue and Zhiyao Lu did a wonderful job of translating]. 


Images of Xijiang

Xijiang is a large Miao village located southeast of the city of Kaili in Guizhou, China. Beautiful wooden houses, exquisite silverwork and embroidery, gorgeous setting - and many Chinese tourists. The image shows the traditional Miao dress with silver jewelry and headpiece, and asks the question "which of these women is Miao"?  The photographer or the subject?  [NOTE: They both are.  After being photographed so many times by others, they were giggly happy to photograph each other. And to have me catch them doing it...]  


Roof Repair

The Kachin (see Roof Aesthetics 2) fix a leaky roof by adding fresh palm leaves. The entire roof is replaced every three to four years.

The Miao (see Roof Aesthetics) fix leaks by periodically replacing cracked or broken tiles, but the roofs of their houses can last for decades.  


Roof Aesthetics

Detail of clay tiles and wedges used for making roofs by the Miao people in Guizhou Province, China.  [NOTE: This is clearly not a region with high winds; the tiles are simply laid in place]. 


Miao Landscape

The Miao people of Guizhou, China produce beautiful terraced rice fields.  They are also accomplished vegetable farmers and are undoubtedly very skilled at managing forest resources, as well. The latter is the focus of a project that I have recently initiated in collaboration with Minzu University and the Forestry Department of Guizhou University in Guiyang. [NOTE: I am posting this from a hotel in Singapore on my way back from Beijing and Guizhou Province].

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