A Woman’s World – Photos of a Matriarchal Tribe in China by Tracy Zhang

Located in a remote part of southern China, the Musuo tribe is one of the last matriarchal societies left in the world. According to their traditions, women rule the household and the grandmother is the authority of the family. The tribe lives at Lugu Lake in China’s Yunnan Province. The lake is located over 2,000 meters above sea level and, with its crystal clear water, resembles paradise. In the summer of 2012, Tracy Zhang, a Canadian travel and lifestyle photographer, visited the Musuo tribe to document their way of living and the beautiful settlement they call home.

To see more of Tracy Zhang‘s photography, you can visit her blog, Just-In-Time.

Musuo Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake

Musuo, Rower

Rower, taking me to the other end of the lake

Musuo woman

Musuo woman

The Musuo settlement on the lake

The Musuo settlement on the lake

Prayer flags leading down the path to Lugu Lake

Prayer flags leading down the path to Lugu Lake

Written prayers hanging outside a temple

Written prayers hanging outside a temple

Musuo, boats

Taking people around the lake is source of income for the Musuo

A Musuo woman sits at the end of the canoe

A Musuo woman sits at the end of the canoe

Musuo, A pair of canoe rowers

A pair of canoe rowers

Musuo men with long hair and hats

Musuo men tend to have long hair and wear hats to shield their face from the sun

Early morning at Lugu Lake

Early morning at Lugu Lake

The road to Lugu Lake

The road to Lugu Lake is a 4 hour drive from the nearest city

Sunrise over Lugu Lake

Sunrise over Lugu Lake

The Musuo sing and dance at nighttime

Song and dance is a customary nighttime event for the Musuo

Two Musuo men in traditional dress

Two Musuo men in their traditional dress




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