Photographer's Note

The life story of boat trackers will soon diminished after the Yangtze water level elevation. Their history may soon be forgotten. But they have indeed contributed much in Yangtze navigation history especially at the shallow spots at the vicinity of Three Great Gorges. Of Tujia ethnic, the diligent, strong and brave boat trackers are not Han. They are the largest ethnic minority living along Yangtze, known for their artistic talents include singing, dancing, crafting, painting and weaving. Most of them are fishers or mountain farmers and they earn extra income by offering towing service to the boats or ships along Yangtze River. Being poor, they worked nude capitalizing on the gifts from Mother Nature like bamboos and mountain shrubs to make long poles and ropes to pull these boats over shallow rapids. Gone are the days due to the gradual rise of water level, they are now mainly concentrating at Shennong Stream to service the tourists with decent clothing.

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