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
Topic |   Chinese history

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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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Nathan Gibson

Nathan Gibson

Nathan Gibson is a photographer, writer and documentary filmmaker with a focus on social issues, peripheral communities and the absurd corners of contemporary life. He splits his time between southwestern China and the United Kingdom, where he is from. His work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, and Agence France-Presse.