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Ethnic Museum Built in Jinuo Ethnic Village

KUNMING, August 16 -- You won't find tiny Baka on any map of China, even though the small mountainous village in Yunnan Province now houses the country's only museum built exclusively for an ethnic minority.

The Jinuo Ethnic Group Museum, funded by the Ford Foundation of the United States and other international organizations, is located in the village inhabited by Jinuo people and is aimed at exhibiting and carrying on their unique traditional culture.

There are only 18,000 Jinuos, most of them living in the Jinuo Ethnic Township, in Jinghong City of the Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Xishuangbanna. Baka is one of the 46 villages of the Jinuo ethnic group.

The new museum is just part of a program Yunnan has launched to protect the culture of local ethnic groups. The province has 25 of China's 55 ethnic groups, 15 of them unique to Yunnan.

Yunnan will select one village from each of the 25 ethnic groups and build a museum for each of them.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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