The Xibe of Northwest and Northeast China

30 Oct

Almost 250 years ago, thousands of people from a Manchurian subtribe journeyed westwards to China’s furthest region Xinjiang to help protect the nation’s borders, being expert archers and horsemen. The descendants of these Xibe people still reside there, while thousands of kilometers on the other side of the nation, their kinsmen still reside in their original homeland in the Northeast. Recently, people from the Northeast Xibe made a journey to Xinjiang to recreate the one their ancestors made long time ago. It’s a good article about a people, who while not numerous, with a fascinating heritage and history. It’s unfortunate that their culture and language has mostly eroded, at least in the Northeast, while interestingly it has survived more in the Xinjiang Xibe, though isolation plays a big part in it.

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