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By Libu Lakhi (Li Jianfu 李建富, Dawa Tenzin) with Qi Huimin 祁慧民 , Charles Kevin Stuart, and Gerald Roche.

The namʑi are among the many scattered teams of individuals, formally categorised by means of the chinese language govt as Zang 藏 (ethnic Tibetans), who reside ordinarily in southern Sichuan 四川 but in addition in a number of locations within the north of the province. yes of those Qiangic-speaking peoples have been as soon as observed in historic files as 'Xifan' 西番 (Western Barbarians) (Harrell 2001:69). Strongly motivated via different neighborhood cultures, cultural and linguistic connections among those teams and the bigger Tibetan groups to the north and west fluctuate in measure. The namʑi who determine during this learn dwell within the neighborhood of Xichang urban 西昌市 , the capital of the Da Liangshan Yi Nationality self sufficient Prefecture 大凉 山彝族自治州 the place the dominant ethnic teams are the Han 汉 chinese language and a big subgroup of the Yi ethnic staff, the Nuosu 诺苏 . The namʑi keep a feeling of specific ethnic id inside their compact groups, notwithstanding many people are acquainted with the languages and customs in their acquaintances. one of the gains that distinguish the namʑi are language, ritual traditions, foodways, elements of fabric tradition, and traditions of oral functionality. the current learn is a simple, pragmatic try to record the details of namʑi tune and musical traditions comprising the neighborhood 'performance-scape'.

The basic researcher, Libu Lakhi, is a local of the group who used to be proficient in a really expert mode of auto-ethnography constructed by way of Charles Kevin Stuart and Gerald Roche at Qinghai general college 青海师范大学, Xining urban 西宁市 , Qinghai Province 青海省 . Drawing on ethnomusicology, socio-linguistics, and the 'performance' college of folkloristics, the version is meant to let neighborhood peoples to record and reveal their very own traditions in a kind on hand to students and folks on a world scale. This effective process should be successfully used in this type of small-scale codecs primary to folklorists and ethnomusicologists. In spirit, the approach of teaching isn't really assorted to the equipment hired in China because the may well Fourth circulate period (1919 to the early Thirties) the place students have been knowledgeable to gather neighborhood track and tale texts, equipment revived and recalibrated in the course of government-sponsored folklore gathering actions within the Fifties, and back because the 1980s.

The current research, although, not just stresses the gathering of tune and chant texts, yet contextualizes them via supplying exact descriptions of the performers and their lives, multi-linear representations of the tune lyrics and musical notation, and information of the functionality method. whereas the authors haven't tried to put the songs and track in a better local context, the extent of aspect and documentation will permit the gathering to function fabric for in-depth comparative learn with reference to different traditions. within the rapid neighborhood, comparative reviews should be made one of the melodies, lyrics, and dynamics of functionality in traditions of many of the Nuosu and Han groups, in addition to the Mosuo 摩梭 humans of the Lake Lugu 泸沽湖 region at the border of Sichuan and Yunnan 云 南 the place the word mada mi, a component of many songs during this quantity, is usually a part of tune lore. In a broader context, this research will tackle new which means because it is (hopefully) joined through different works that carry consciousness to the multitude of sub-traditions grouped lower than the bigger reputable ethnic different types, because the mosaic of ethnicity in southwest China is extra explored, documented, and made to be had for appreciation to audiences past the local.

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As soon as the guests entered the room, they were seated æ11 ŋæ44 and ʂa53 zo53 are neighbors. B See Appendix Two for a list of guests. C A shop owned by a Nuosu village family sells candy, soft drinks, instant noodles, clothes-washing detergent, hand soap, salt, sugar, cigarettes, beer, liquor (v̩53, baijiu 白酒), and so on. The liquor is generally sold by the half kilo (khi11, jin 斤), which cost two RMB in 2003. It is dipped from a large vat and poured into bottles customers bring. Pre-bottled liquor is also sold.

Unlike in nearby Nuosu and Han communities, it is not the custom to demand or encourage people to drink a great deal―guests drink as they like. Young people are not offered liquor. Children may play in the courtyard. In the past, the host offered each guest a pinch of ground, locally grown tobacco to be smoked in a pipe. C As time passed, and more liquor was drunk, the sound of laughter and loud conversation about Li Guoqiang and bu53 du53 mo11 increased in volume. A piglet raised by the host's family was killed in the courtyard by two young men from dʐə11 qu11 Village who then heated the carcass by the hearth and busily removed the bristles.

A piglet raised by the host's family was killed in the courtyard by two young men from dʐə11 qu11 Village who then heated the carcass by the hearth and busily removed the bristles. After washing the piglet in cold water, the two young men cut open the piglet and handed the gallbladder to li44 ʙu55 sə11pə53. He stood, examined the gallbladder, held the root of the gallbladder in his left hand high in the air so everyone could see it,D and then chanted good wishes to Li Guoqiang and bu53 du53 mo11 for their happy future.

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