Longwu Zhen /龙武乡等 is a village in the Huayao branch of the Yi people, north of the Honghe river in the lands around Shiping County.
The music recorded is from a dance that uses an intricate foot pattern that has a hemiola against the 6/8 of the music. The dance is a courting dance, danced on a full moon night, to meet potential mates. “Dance of the Huayao (Yi)”
Huayao (花腰) in Chinese means “flowery waist,” reflecting the ornate waistbands of their brilliantly colored costumes. They believe that the woman’s hips and waist to be the most attractive zone on the body and pay special attention to adorning that area, especially during festivals.