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A Valley-House: Remembering a Yi Headmanship

Erik Mueggler

in Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780520219885
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935259 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520219885.003.0011
A Valley-House: Remembering a Yi Headmanship

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This chapter begins to problematize the historical Yi connection, showing it as contested and threatened and describing the culture and power connection to the Han as a place of conscious boundary maintenance and cautious boundary crossing. The Lipo-Lolopo of Yongren County in north-central Yunnan live interspersed with Han and have absorbed many aspects of Han culture, particularly in their everyday life, but until the Democratic Reforms of the 1950s, they kept the surrounding culture at bay, absorbing only selectively. One way they did this was to appoint a local official whose entire purpose was to keep visitors and government officials at arm's length, so that other officials could carry out the “purely Yi” rituals necessary to the community's well-being.

Keywords: historical Yi; boundary crossing; Yongren County; Han culture; Lipo-Lolopo; Yi rituals

Chapter.  11468 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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