A rare window into Uygur life, culture, and religious practice by director and folklorist Rahile Dawut, PhD. A small group of Uyghur women from a Xinjiang village discuss the need and importance of their Sufi order in contemporary times.
Unrevealed, Site 1 (Trees and Shelter), 2007. Many graves and ancient desert trees line the path that leads to a great saint's marker. Shelters have been built so pilgrims may spend the night, as a journey to a mazar is far for many. The shelter also offers respite from the high heat of the day and can be used as a place to have small meals.
Nanai, Ulchi and Nivkh people use log drums like this for their Bear Ceremony. The rhythms that recall the cycles of the bear's life are beaten out on the drum by the women of the village. An elaborate dance that is performed by dancers holding two long p