World Explorations This Sunday!

Sacred and Secular Heritage: Bronze Drums of the Yao in SW China


Join us on Sunday March 6thth from 4-5 pm at the Chico Women’s Club as CSU Chico Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dr. William Nitzky, presents a talk on the sacred significance of the bronze drum to the Yao people of SW China.


Travel along with Dr. Nitzky as he discusses his ethnographic fieldwork with the Duonou, a sub branch of the Yao ethnic group.  Learn about the bronze drum's sacred function in everyday life and its use in shamanic ritual funeral activities. Then, hear how relations with the drum and its significance have become complicated as tourism has increased in the region. The drum's "second life" as it is used in tourism performances has had a ripple effect, leading to cultural and identity shifts in Duonou society. 


World Explorations is a free lecture series sponsored by the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology.  The talk is free and open to the public. 


The Chico Women’s Club is located at 592 E. 3rd Street in downtown Chico.


For more information call 530-898-5397 or email