Ge Changyun: inheritor of the Oroqen Roe-deer-skin Processing Technique
I’m Ge Changyun, a member of the Oroqen ethnic group.
I’m a national-level representative inheritor of the Oroqen Roe-deer-skin Processing Technique, a national-level representative project of intangible cultural heritage.
I live in Xinsheng Oroqen Township, Aihui District, Heihe City, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province.
It’s very beautiful here. There’re large stretches of birch forests and pine forests.
The sky is always blue, and the river water always clear.
We Oroqen people moved down from the mountains.
When we lived in the mountains, the temperature could fall as low as -40℃ to -50℃ in the coldest time,
and we lived in teepees known as Cuoluozi.
We used roe deer skin to make fur jackets, hats, gloves, quilts, and mattresses.
The roe-deer-skin hat we made, in the shape of a roe deer’s head,
could not only keep the hunters warm, but also provide them with effective camouflage in the mountains.
Now I still teach young villagers how to make roe-deer-skin products.
We also embroider on roe deer skin and roe-deer-skin gloves.
All the gloves have fingertips embroidered with wavelike patterns.
The graphic patterns we embroider on the roe deer skin represent not only auspiciousness,
but also our yearning for a beautiful life.
We’ve been living at the foot of the mountains for 66 years now.
The government built new houses for us.
At first they built wooden houses, then they built brick ones.
They carried out three batches of housing project successively, and each time I could move into a new house.
Our lives are getting better,
所以我们的村子就叫新生。[ Editor: Shi Ruoqi ]