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Co Tu cultural expressions get national heritage status

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Four expressions of cultural heritage in the mountainous districts of the central province of Quang Nam have been recognised as national intangible heritage at the seventh National Heritage Council meeting.

The provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism said that the four expressions of cultural heritage are the art of weaving brocade by hand; the Tan tung da da dance of the Co Tu ethnic minority; gu (the art of decorating cay neu or a wooden pole of the Cor ethnic minority); and the procession of Ba Cho Duoc (the goddess of the Cham people) in Thang Binh district.

The art of weaving brocade by hand has been preserved by the Co Tu ethnic group in the Truong Son mountain range, while their traditional dance is performed at harvest time or during a major community festival.

Co Tu artisans often decorate wooden poles with carvings and colours made from resin, seeds, saffron and limestone.

Quang Nam is home to the world heritage sites of Hoi An, the My Son sanctuary and the Cham Island biosphere reserve.

The mountainous districts are a favourite destination for motorbike rides and off-the-road adventures that give a glimpse of the lifestyle of ethnic minorities at 1,700m above the sea level.-VNA
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