CyberFair Project ID: 6724

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Folk instrument of Hui-Niwawu
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: School
    PingLuo, NingXia, China

2 students, ages 14-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 18, 2011. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2010

Classes and Teachers: LI HongYan

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Historically,Ningxia was an important traffic and trade route of western and eastern China along the Silk Road.The Yellow River flows through Ningxia,breeding the immemorial Yellow River civilization here.Human activities here can date back to thirty thousand years ago.In 1038,the Xi Xia Dynasty was established by the chief of Tangut-Yuan Hao,moreover,distinct Xixia civilization developed. Pingluo country,changed from Pinglu in 1726(Qing Emperor Yongzheng eleven years),lies in the north of Ningxia plain.Distinct geographical position?profuse historical connotation?splendid Yellow River culture and National Customs have created a strong Hui?Han?and Mongolia culture.Pingluo,with an area of 1,568 square kilometers,has bred two hundred and ninety thousand Hui and Han people,who live in harmony and share weal and woe from generation to generation;and had created splendid and long Hui culture.

2. Summary of Our Project

Hui,widely distributed in China,is concentrated mainly in Ningxia.Hui people tough maintain their own life style,meanwhile,they are explaining the Islam scriptures with traditional Chinese thought.Without long formation time though,Hui people have left a deep imprint on the history of Chinese civilization. Children about ten years old in the Hui agglomeration all like making Ni Wa Wu(Xiao made of mud).Once free,they will dig up a piece of plastic clay and water it to pasty.And then they will knead it into circular?egg?butterfly?fish?or ox head shape.When dry and hard,they will drill several holes with a thick wire or a Jiji bar,forming one mouthpiece and four finger holes.The tune played sometimes is loud? clear and mild,and sometime melodious and deep.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

The school has a campus local area network with a slow internet connection apeed as all the computers in different offices are connected with the internet by a single ADSL broadband linked with one telephone line . Meanwhile , since the configuration of the school

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.As Our school was under construction;the new Primary Five-our brother school had no computer room;we had to face heavy pressure from the approaching high school admission;and Wu Jia and I had no home computer,we had to operate the computer in our school at weekends. 2.Our not being able to make webpage.Under the guidance of Teacher Li,we studied while working.Webpages upload was another difficulty we met,so we asked our teacher again and again.And sometimes we uploaded a picture for several times before we made it. 3.Our trouble with information gathering.After receiving the task,we asked our music teachers one after the other.However,they knew little about Ni Wa Wu.Wu Jia and I had referred to our school library,yet without results.We didn't lose heart and we found some information on the Internet.And I had learnt something about the Ni Wa Wu once when I saw my neighbor's little girl playing it. 4.Our trouble with the interview with Yangda Wude.We failed the telephone contact with him several times.Afterwards,I sent a message to him with my uncle's mobile phone and showed him our intention.Finally,he accepted our interview invitation.However,not till the second time we arrived at the Shahu Town,Xidatan did we met him. 5.Busy school life and time shortage.This year we are on grade nine,so we couldn't have had spare time for other matters.However,we shall not give up halfway.So all the non-studying time was spared for the Net Fair.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

It was our honor to participate in the contest which brought me deep feelings.The Chinese nation has a long history of thousands of years, with a rich cultural heritage.This time we mainly did research into the Ni Wa Wu,a folk instrument of Hui as well as China's intangible cultural heritage.It is a milestone in the history of the Hui culture and it embodies Hui people's vitality and creativity.As a middle school student,I have an inescapable responsibility and obligation to carry forward the fine tradition and national cultural heritage. In the past more than two months,I had experienced the excitement and emotion that I can never experience in the classroom.When I walked into Yangda Wude's simple studio,with several dilapidated tables and some in-order-arranged wooden shelves where a variety of Ni Wa Wu is placed and covering and area of less than fifty square meters,is very crowded and is far from my imaginary modern studio.All this made me surprised.I felt excited about the mud moulding processing.When he started to play music,I was as if placed in nature with fresh of strong local flavor.All this made me intoxicated.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

The Ni Wa Wu exporation,as a practical social activity,is a good opportunity for us to enhance our explorting desire and innovation consciousness.Through the visits,we can experience the charm of traditional culture.And the inculcation of social conscience towards us is achieved by associating school and society closely and localizing national culture.The monographic study is a learning process in integration of information technology, art, music, and history curriculum,and our comprehensive practical ability is well nurtured.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

DC, Comeputer, Flash disk,Printe Aodbe Photoshop Microsoft Word 2003 ACDsee6.0 Macromedia Flash 8 Windows IE

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

On behalf of the No.4 Middle School,South Street Community,Luopin,our group participated in the enquiring activity.We,through the particpation in the Net Fair,have the mission to propose the protection of the intangible cultural heritage.The two study participators,as the ambassador of Ni Wa Wu,after experiencing the manufacturing flow and play method of it and by making interviews with related people and visiting related places at the weekend,explained and displayed the Ni Wa Wu for other students.We had developed team unity and cooperation ability and publicized our project to society.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

Ni Wa Wu,as a folk instrument,is listed as an intangible cultural heritage protection project.Its emergence has undergone a long exploration and practice,which not only have retained its muslin style but also make it an instrument.Our exporation theme about Ni Wa Wu has aroused the community protection awareness towards the folk intangible cultural heritage and has become an industry of tourism in Ningxia

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Our managing to complete the monographic study can't do without the assistance from people around,including the teachers of our school information center?Ma Yaling-the music teacher of Pingluo Primary Three,?Miss Yang-the narrator of the Pingluo Conference and Exhibition Center?neighbour-Xiao Jing,and Yangda Wude who oblige us a lot.Without his help,we couldn't have completed our monographic study.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

1.The history of the Hui folk instrument culture and the development of Ni Wa Wu 2.Ni Wa Wu is a Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection Project 3.The origin?facture and play method of Ni Wa Wu 4?Particularly Yangda Wude-the inheritor of Ni Wa Wu;his effort for the development and protection of Ni Wa Wu;and Hui people's characters-tenacity and open mind,and their national spirit-perseverance. 5.Our group members have learnt much beyond books.Through the activity our writing,communicative,interview?photography and computer abilities were tempered.


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