The Qiang People
The Qiang (羌族), one of China's minority groups, celebrate their new year on the first day of the 10th month of the lunar calendar. The celebration lasts three to five days and includes specific rituals to honor ancestors, drive away evil spirits, and welcome a good harvest. The Qiang are known for their elaborate dress as well as their folk songs and dances and traditional musical instruments.
These photos were taken near Heishui (黑水) in northwestern Sichuan's Aba prefecture, one of the areas with a high concentration of Qiang people. The Qiang civilization dates back thousands of years, and today there are around 300,000 people in the ethnic group. Settled mostly in the north part of the province, including Wenchuan and Beichuan counties, the Qiang population was significantly impacted by the May 12 earthquake.
Photos by Leo Chen