Lisu Guake Dance
My name is Li Xiangkai, a member of the Lisu ethnic group.
My hometown is in Lushui City of Nujiang Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
I’m the representative inheritor of the Lisu Guake Dance, a prefecture-level intangible cultural heritage of Nujiang Prefecture.
I’m 33 years old.
Guake is a unique sort of dance in Lushui City, Nujiang Prefecture.
Its movements have evolved from manual labor.
We Lisu people (used to) lived in mountainous areas with high altitudes and large temperature differences.
In the evening, we would make a bonfire, and put a pot on the tripod over the bonfire.
In the pot was the peculiar Lisu medicinal liquor.
We chatted while drinking the liquor, and happily danced (Guake Dance).
The biggest characteristic of Lisu people’s clothes is that there are three big shells on women’s clothes which (originally) were used as currency.
On the surface of the bag, a crossbow is embroidered.
At the back of women’s clothes, there is a long piece of cloth hanging.
(Because) Lisu people used to be very poor, what they wore was shabby.
The clothes were just for covering up and protection.
Before, we didn’t have means of transportation, and had to climb up the mountains on foot.
It was not easy for us to go into the city to buy articles of daily use.
It took us at least two days.
As an ancient saying goes, even a monkey will cry on the mountain by the Nujiang Grand Canyon.
Today, the road has been finished. Every family has a motorcycle at least, and some have cars.
Before, there was not any crop in the mountains, but now we have planted fruit and walnut trees.
生活条件越来越好。[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]