Created 23-Apr-10

I traveled for two weeks along the Silk Road.Despite all the development brought into East Turkistan by China, most of the Uyghurs were still living in a pre-industrial age. I found them industrious and friendly.

Under the guise of progress, the Chinese government is systematically assimilating the Uyghurs as they did the Tibetans. For example: they are being displaced from their traditional homelands, their language is banned ans capital punishment is meted out for disagreeing with official policies. The Uyghurs are desperate for a solution to end the devastation of their culture. But they have no voice.

My photographs show current conditions of the Uyghur people who are still living their rich culture which has withstood generations of challenges. I have recorded glimpses of everyday living; children being transported to school, people weaving cloth, spinning silk, mending shoes and more. To me they appear serene, beautiful and proud and I endeavored to convey that through my photographs.

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/Issue/120341

Silken Threads from the Past ........... The Book ...........

Silken Threads from the Past  ...........  The Book  ...........

local transportation

local transportation

shoe repair

shoe repair

spinning silk thread

spinning silk thread

sidewalk meat market

sidewalk meat market

walking with purpose

walking with purpose

Shopping Trip

Shopping Trip

sidewalk barber

sidewalk barber

begger

begger

homeless

homeless

raisin seller

raisin seller

outdoor barbers

outdoor barbers

woman and child waiting

woman and child waiting

street scene

street scene

after work

after work

on the way to market

on the way to market

Guestbook for UYGHUR PEOPLE ... a book
Mamutjan(non-registered)
Enjoy more photos of Uyghurs and their homeland on my blog. You will like them.

http://www.ghezine.com/search/label/Uyghur