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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 and editor of MN Boomers magazine for the past 13 years. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 847-3151
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