Youngsters prepare to perform at the annual fire festival in the Xine Oroqen settlement, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo: Nathan Gibson
Youngsters prepare to perform at the annual fire festival in the Xine Oroqen settlement, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo: Nathan Gibson

One of China’s smallest ethnic minority groups, the Oroqen, is in danger of disappearing

  • Described by a linguist as, ‘a society living in the shadow of its own imminent death’, only a few thousand Oroqen remain
  • The loss of language, and with it a way of seeing and expressing the world, is the greatest threat to this community

Youngsters prepare to perform at the annual fire festival in the Xine Oroqen settlement, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo: Nathan Gibson
Youngsters prepare to perform at the annual fire festival in the Xine Oroqen settlement, in China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo: Nathan Gibson
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