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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