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A village half way between Jishou and Fenghuang, Hunan, China

This is a mountain village situated in a river valley with a long history. The Miao have a festival every year at an archeological site where they faced the Han in battle. A river runs through the area and during the Spring is swollen with cloud bursts and rains that come every few days. The people, for the most part, are friendly and welcome you to their home. During our short visit here we were asked a number of times to sit and rest and to return to their village for a meal.

The air smelled fresh and alive with all of the new spring plant growth. Few people outside of this area visit except once a year during a 4 day festival celebrating a historical battle against the Han Dynasty.
Father and child. Rice paddy being plowed. Plowing near the local school. Resting. People work as hard as the animal that plows. A special wook being taken over a local bridge. We were were told to not touch the limb with leaves as it was poisonous.
Working the fields. Farming. Dog tired. The cool earth must feel good. River in mountain community. Archeological site used as a defense position.
A day at school with a stranger. Not so happy during school. Looking out the school window at the stranger in school yard. School is in session. A Miao country school in the mountains Bridge to local Miao school.
Going home after working in the fields. Stopping from field work to speak with us and to sing. Hand embroidery representing her ancestors, which is normally seen on traditional Miao garmets. Hand of security. Floating on air.
Boring. Two boys. Relaxing and eating an evening meal. Beating clothes clean. Taking corn mash after it has been used for wine to dry for feed.
Corn mash used for wine with the vat in the background. Kid on a rock.