Journal 21: The Snow


My Inquiry project topic has been changed from Education in Xizhou to Bai Minority clothing. The most noticeable aspect of the Bai clothing is the headpiece worn by women, which is supposed to symbolize the snow, wind, moon, and flower. Because in my Phase 3, I am only supposed to have brief descriptions of my findings, I decided to write my 21st journal on how the Bai minority values snow, and why it is a symbol in Bai clothing, art, and culture. 

Each of the Symbols have to do with the valley of lake Erhai, and the natural elements and geography of the area. The snow in the area is found in the Changshan mountains, way up high in the peaks.   Before I begin, I'd like to state that the religion of the Bai people is primarily Buddhist, so Buddha is mentioned in this myth.

Since there are many farmers in the Erhai area, there is very fertile land. Unfortunately, that was not always the case. Legend tells that a brother and sister went to Buhdda to ask for wisdom and magic. They find him, learn from him, and go back to the valley to get rid of the bad energy causing the dry area. The brother tricks the bad energy and sends it to the top of the mountain range. The sister somehow transforms herself into snow and freezes this bad energy. That's why on top of the mountain, you can see snow almost all year around. 


Happy Birthday!

Hi Darling, you are on the home stretch! I just got caught up on your entries, I think your project change has been god. It is very interesting, and I love that you got to learn something completely new and unfamiliar. I want to encourage you to keep up those blog entries and finish your project-it will be great!! Much love to you on your 14th birthday. Will look forward to celebrating with you when you are home!-Mom

Hello, I'm Madeleine. I was in the pilot Microcampus program in 2012. In Xizhou, I researched Bai Minority Clothing because of my interest in the patterns and embroidery on Bai clothing. Though a seemingly lackluster topic, I found that my project became less and less about clothing, and more about the preservation of traditions in a village that is becoming more and more exposed to the world outside of the valley. I welcome you to take a look at my project, and see how my ideas and thoughts had developed over the course of a month!