A Brief History of Tujia People

August 24th, 2013 | Tags:

The Tujia people called themselves “Bizika”, which means “Native dwellers”. Although their name suggests that they are natives, their exact origin is still uncertain. Some people trace their ancestry to the ancient “Ba” people while others claim they come from the Wuman, who moved to Western Hunan from Guizhou Province. There are also some that believe that they came from Jiangxi Province at the end of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The only thing we can be sure of is that the Tujia ethnic group had come into being by the early Five Dynasties period, Around the year 910.The Tujia ethnic group was officially recognized as one of the 55 ethnic groups in 1957 by the Chinese Government, and a number of autonomous prefectures and counties were established.

Translated by Sophia

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