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Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China$
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Stevan Harrell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520219885

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520219885.001.0001

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A Valley-House: Remembering a Yi Headmanship

A Valley-House: Remembering a Yi Headmanship

(p.144) Chapter 10 A Valley-House: Remembering a Yi Headmanship
Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China

Erik Mueggler

University of California Press

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

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