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Tarim dancers Dilmurat, left, Rena and Abdurusul perform a light, amusing dance known as “Happy Life,” in which two young men compete for the affections of a pretty girl. Photo by Brian Basham/Tribune

Uyghur for fun

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Though they live within the borders of western China, the 20 members of the song and dance troupe Tarim — visiting the lakes area this week for a six-day artist residency at the Historic Holmes Theatre — do not identify themselves as Chinese.


As their tour manager, Tursun Kadeer, informed children and staff at the Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Elementary School during a Monday morning assembly, the members of Tarim are Uyghurs.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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