Peng Shanyao: inheritor of the Construction Technique of Tujia Stilted Buildings
Peng Shanyao, inheritor of the Construction Technique of Tujia Stilted Buildings (file photo)
My name is Peng Shanyao. I’m a member of the Tujia ethnic group.
I’m the inheritor of the Construction Technique of Tujia Stilted Buildings, a national-level intangible cultural heritage.
I learnt the skill as a teenager and finished my apprenticeship when I was 20 years old.
Till now, I have been doing it for over fifty years.
I have never given up.
In the rest of my life, I want to
pass the best thought (of the Construction Technique) down to my disciples.
Master Peng Shanyao is the inheritor of
The Construction Technique of Tujia Stilted Buildings, a national-level intangible cultural heritage.
He has built many classic stilted buildings
Like the stilted buildings cluster in Furong Town.
Many tourists who visited there
Said that it was an ancient town hung on a waterfall
With stilted buildings hung on the cliff.
The Tujia Stilted building is called “Hou Ga” by archaeologists.
It’s a kind of pile dwelling building with a wooden structure
As well as Tujia people's favorite, unique architectural model.
Stilted building has become a symbol of Tujia people.
It was inscribed on the list of national-level intangible cultural heritages around 2011.
It is a brilliant pearl of Tujia people.
Stilted buildings take various forms
Those I've built are mostly in tourist areas
从八几年修起，最低有上百栋千栋 Since the 1980s,
I have built at least hundreds of stilted buildings
I have built so many that
I seldom had time to rest over the past years
It was me who built the Shuangfeng Hand-waving (Baishou) Dance Hall
It’s a place where Tujia people dance
And discuss community affairs
Stilted buildings are generally built beside green mountains and clear rivers
In perfect harmony with natural surroundings and look elegant
They are rich in Tujia cultural elements
I hope that tourists leave impressed with the beauty of the stilted buildings
我还希望把我们土家文化的美带走[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]