Bohanbing: inheritor of Dai Elephant-foot Drum Dance
My name is Bohanbing, a member of the Dai ethnic group.
My hometown is in Mandan Village of Mengla County in Xishuangbanna, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
I’m the inheritor of Dai Elephant-foot Drum Dance.
I began to accept apprentices when I was seventeen or eighteen years old.
Then every year we teach the Dai Elephant-foot Drum Dance to young people in our village until now.
When our festivals come, including worshiping in temples, Dai Calendar New Year, Closing Doors Festival, Opening Doors Festival,
these most traditional dances are needed.
This is the best life and best entertainment of us Dai people.
Most people travel to Xishuangbanna mainly for staying in Dai people’s houses, eating Dai food, experiencing Dai culture and watching the Water-Splashing Festival of the Dai people.
Now I mainly perform at the training school.
We have always received touring parties so as to let more people come to our home to watch the Dai Elephant-foot Drum Dance.
I also make wine bowls and the small drums for necklaces, which are tourist souvenirs.
Because I want to inherit and spread the culture of making Dai Elephant-foot Drums
It’s a better way to let more people know it.
At present, I’m not just inheriting the dance.
I also show my students how inheritors are living.
Otherwise, students won’t follow you if they see you don’t live well.
If the teacher lives a better life, students may want to learn from him, if he can’t even make ends meet, students won’t even try it.
Since tourism thrived in Xihuangbannan, more and more tourists have come here,
which is bringing increasing benefits to our culture
对我们的这个做文化的这个保护、传承、传播、发扬，各种各样都提高，[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]