Last week’s blog began a discussion on the Yi language, but this week I think you should hear it. Visit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXGHXZ0ZX_M

to hear Aku Wuwu read the poem “Calling Back the Soul of Zhyge Alu” in the Nuosu (Northern) dialect (translated by Mark Bender of OSU). Aku Wuwu is wearing a traditional wool cape worn by the Yi people in Sichuan.

The poem, when read by Aku Wuwu in the Yi dialect, is so passionate, and although I do not understand the words, I can sense the emotion from the sound. It would be hard to interpret this poem as a poem of wonder or that it has a sense of peace. Rather, it is a poem of longing and passion.

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