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Kazakh Orteke dance, an intangible cultural heritage in Xinjiang, China

(Video source: Xuedu Convergence Media)

Kazakh Orteke dance is a prefecture-level intangible cultural heritage of Altay, Xinjiang, China. This folk art entails a music performance with a Dombyra, a traditional two-stringed instrument, and a dance performed by a wooden puppet in a shape of blue sheep that is connected to the fingers of a musician by one or several strings. As the musician strikes their fingers to play the Dombyra, the puppet comes to life, hopping in sync with the music while presenting a vivid male blue sheep walking and running on cliffs.