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Congjiang Archive Project: The Ninth Visit Report

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Editor’s note:
The Congjiang Archive (2009-2011) is CHP’s second ethnic minority cultural revitalization project. Invited by the UNESCO as one of the eight Chinese Culture and Development Project’s participants, Congjiang Archive calls upon participation from the local people to record their own cultural heritage, encouraging them to develop a greater sense of pride in their own culture and complete a pristine record of their roots in the Congjiang Archive. Below is the summary of the Ninth Visit Report conducted by Project Manager Wang Xiaowang.

By the end of November 2010, the nicely-printed Cultural Calendars, produced by CHP, were sent from Congjiang county to Beijing. Every picture and caption in the eleven calendar designs was carefully selected by the villagers. The pictures all depicted colorful local festivals unique to the village. Since the calendars were distributed, many of the villagers display the calendar that showcases their village at the most prominent place in their homes. Those who were photographed in the calendar were particularly excited about it. Through the Cultural Calendars, villagers gained pride and appreciation of their culture’s uniqueness and importance.

We would like to give special thanks to the volunteers who spent many months creating these beautiful Congjiang Cultural Calendars.

For the full version of the  Congjiang Archive Project’s Ninth Visit Report (Chinese), please visit: http://www.bjchp.org/?p=3179.

CHP would like to thank our volunteer translator, Ruoran Li, for the outstanding translation of this article.

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