Asian Ethnic Artifacts


Providing an overview of knowledge and information about China,  highlighting the culture, history, artifacts, and textiles  of the Chinese ethnic minorities as reflected in both ritual and daily life.   Commonly grouped under the terms Tribal Arts  or Primitive Arts by collectors, these objects frequently reflect a level of craftsmanship and sophistication unequaled in Western civilizations.   

My own contacts have been predominately with the Miao, Dong, Yi and Yao ethnic minority groups. 


I am very grateful for their patience in answering my many  questions.   


Whenever I am in China, my close friend Jessy acts as translator, a difficult and time-consuming task.    Most ethnic minorities have their own language and often their own regional dialects. Some know Mandarin as a second language.   It is common for our discussions to involve 3 languages.


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About us:   Susan Weitzman Conway and Jessy (Yingbo) Zhang


Chinese culture past and present:  Brief History of Ethnic Minorities

                                                         Bull Fighting - Minority Style                                                          Origin of Spring Festival-Legend 

                                                         Western Myths about Chinese Culture  

                                                                       Traditional Chinese Symbols 

Ethnic Minority Textiles:       


Photo Galleries


Chinese language: written Calligraphy


Home Building and Construction techniques:  Architecture 


Travel journal pages: travel to Songpan


Contact Susan W. Conway in Atlanta, Ga.  404-377-7210 or


Exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art


My favorite:   Reference Books