In a hidden valley at 13 kms from Baoshan’s government seat rests the village of Wumu. Together with it’s neighbouring villages Suming and Mingwei it has a history of about 800 years.
Until very recently electricity and motorized vehicles were absent in the village. The population counts for about 300 families, living in little farm courtyards. They raise pigs, chickens, horses, mules, goats and cows; in the fields mainly wheat, corn, rice, beans, lentils and tobacco are grown but also vegetables and fruits. Local specialities are ham, walnuts, pears, geranium essential oil and honey. All the villagers are farmers; they live a very traditional life with strong family ties and rich ceremony.
Wumu draws researchers’ attention for it’s ancient yet intelligent irrigation management system as water resources are just sufficient to grow crops all year around.
The village is also known for its Dongba culture and today Wumu still counts nine Dongba shamans. Dongba’s take care of the ceremonies during the year, make Dongba paper and pass on the Dongba scripts for next generations.