Xiaohuang Dong village Dong minority of Congjiang

Xiaohuang Dong village Congjiang Guizhou
The Xiaohuang Dong Village is a small traditional village where a large part of the Dong ethnic group lives in. But this is not why this village is famous. The Xiaohuang Dong minority is known for the beautiful songs they created. The people sing all day. Songs for them are a means of communication to express their thoughts and feelings. It has even earned them to be listed in UNESCO for their official song.

Traditional Dong Village

Twenty kilometers away from Congjiang lies the small Dong village of Xiaohuang. Dong is a living minority continues to live secluded from the world. Although curious individuals may come to present the tip of their noses, the local people did not change their habits for any way. Cultivation of rice, fish and duck and wooden houses, traditional clothes are the common lot of Dong village. As in all Dong villages, a drum tower is located on the central square. This gathering place for ceremonies and activities of daily life plays an important role for this ethnic group.

Dong Songs

This village may seem quiet from afar, shows a completely different village once inside. Here, the Dong has no written language; they then use the songs to convey their history, their culture, but also to discuss the life of every day. Thus, as so aptly local saying "rice nourishes the body and songs enrich the soul". Therefore, the Xiaohuang Dong people use the songs for ceremonies but also to express all their feelings, give advice or talk about their customs.
From an early age, children begin to learn local songs. Here, everyone is good at this art happens from generation to generation. By mid-afternoon until late at night sometimes, the village resounds with the Dong traditional songs, Galao or Dage in local dialect. It is also here in this village born the official song of Dong minority, which is listed in UNESCO.

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