image: traditional Tujia brocade

The Tujia Language and Culture Website

Welcome to the Tujia Language and Culture website! The Tujia people, with a total population of over 8 million, is the 6th largest ethnic minority in the People's Republic of China. They live in the provinces of Hunan, Hubei and Guizhou, as well as in Chongqing Municipality (formerly part of Sichuan Province). These areas lie in a region generally known as Central South China.

This website contains pages introducing the Tujia culture and language, together with a photo archive. In addition the website gives access to a large archive of Tujia language material. Imperial Tiger Hunters, our popular-level introduction to the Tujia people has just been published (click on the image on the right for more details); our technical grammar The Tujia Language has also recently been published.

Introduction to the Tujia People
The Tujia Language
Photo Archive

This website is based on research carried out under the auspices of the College of Literature and Journalism, Jishou University, Xiangxi Tujia Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province, China. The authors worked on this project while they were based at the university from January 2002 to July 2003.

Acknowledgements: This project would not have been possible without the support and cooperation of a large number of people. We would particularly like to thank the following: Miss Lu Meiyan, for giving us invaluable assistance in transcribing the language archive material; Mr Tian Jinggui for providing several texts and much helpful advice on the language; Mrs Tian Xintao for providing language texts and documents relating to recent Tujia history; Director Li Ping of the Longshan County Government, for hosting us on our text collection trip to Dianfang, Pojiao and Tasha; Mr Liu Changru for providing a number of the photos in the photo archive; Director Jian Debin and Vice-Director Tian Maojun of the College of Literature and Journalism at Jishou University, for their continual and unstinting support of the project; Director Peng Shuiying and Mr Luo Jianping of the Foreign Affairs Office of Jishou University, for their assistance in many practical ways; and Mrs Peng Xiucui for help with our Tujia wordlist; Mr Chris Akhurst for help with proof-reading and editing the text of the website, as well as all those who contributed to the text archive and to our knowledge of Tujia culture and history. Last but not least, our thanks go to all our friends, both in China and the UK, who have encouraged and supported us during this project.

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Copyright (C) 2004 Philip & Cecilia Brassett