naxi shaman

Wuzhimi and the Swan

On my last day of the residency program at Lijiang studio, Frog asked me to do a photo shoot of her as a swan as well as a female Dongba (shaman priest). She is being trained by a top shaman in the indigenous Naxi Culture, the tradition of practicing shamanism. In one photo she poses with all the tools for her practice. In earlier photos she poses as a swan, a costume made by the villagers to celebrate an annual tradition that is no longer being practiced by the younger generations.