Discover Aksu, know Xugur culture and ArtsPosted on
Aksu City, City- One has to take an hour plane ride from Urumqi to reach this beautiful city- Aksu.
Aksu which means “clear galopping water” in Yugur language is located South of Tianshian Mountains with more than 2.8 million people.
It used to be the seat of Quici and Gumo Kingdoms of ancient western regions.
In 60 B.C., the central government of Western Han Dynasty established the protectorate of the western regions to oversee the entire region, it was during the course of civilization which shaped the Quici and Dolan culture.
Xugur is the dominant tribe but twelve other languages are spoken here.
To witness the long preserved culture and history of ancient Chinese one has to travel a 45-minute drive to reach Awat County.
In Awat, one can experience warm reception of hospitable Xugur tribe, almost of them are into arts from painting to stage play and music.
Within the county lies a museum where tribesmen paint about their lives, the environment and to express their love of culture.
Dolan museum is filled with collections of ancient craft of Xugur people from farm equipment to fabrics, fashion and the arts.
Dolan Muqans, the museum and arts is recognized by UNESCO as one of the world’s heritage.
People here paint, sing and dance to thank for a bountiful harvest and express their happiness-their way of life.
Feasting is massive every September, the harvest season.
From music to arts and clothing, Xugur people use indigenous and local materials as way of expressionin preserving their history and culture.-Editha Z. Caduaya/newsline.ph