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Singing the Village: Music, Memory and Ritual among the Sibe of Xinjiang

Rachel Harris


The Sibe are an immigrant group, Qing dynasty bannermen who made a three-year ‘long march’ from Manchuria in the 18th century to serve as a border garrison in the newly conquered Western Regions of the Qing Chinese empire. They preserved their military structure and a discrete identity in the multi-ethnic region of Xinjiang and are now officially recognised as an ethnic minority nationality under the People's Republic. They are known in China today as the last speakers of the Manchu language, and as preservers of their ancient traditions. This study of their music culture reveals not fossilise ... More

Keywords: Sibe, Manchuria, Qing Chinese empire, Xinjiang, ethnic minority, People's Republic, Manchu language, music culture, shamanism, Chinese Communist Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780197262979
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262979.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Harris, author
Lecturer in Music, School of Oriental and African Studies