Miao Performance at Shilong

In Shilong Village at the Longchang Town, Kaili City, Guizhou Province, villagers call themselves Xi instead of Miao.  They are recognized as a group associated with the Chinese Miao.

With aid from the Chinese government, Matang Village and Shilong Village both developed a circle-shaped public venue to perform their traditional dancing in order to encourage tourism. Performers line up at the entrance of the village and the sound of firecrackers welcome guests. Before getting into the village, guests are served homemade rice wine during traditional singing. Village people pour wine into guests’ mouths to represent their respect to the guests. After the short welcoming ceremony, the entire group moves to the square for the formal performances.

Walkers, performers at a temple and children at a tea table in a panoramic collage