Accepted paper:

The Positive Influence of Ethnical Culture on the Environment


Chunxia Ma (Jishou University)
Chixia Zhang

Paper short abstract:

Every ethnic can change the environment by utilizing their culture. Once the environment in which the ethnic lives is in good circulation, the ethnic will live in harmony with environment.

Paper long abstract:

The ideal habitat for traditional Dong ethnic groups is the riverside. To fulfill such living conditions, the Dong ethnic groups of Huanggang, who lived in the hilly dryland, managed to transform the arid land into water land by utilizing their culture. Therefore, their ethnic culture handed down. The Dong ethnic groups made their living environment a combination of water land and hilly land in the following ways: improve traditional stilted houses, divert rivers and then build ponds within the villages; dig the hilly land into terraced fields and build weirs to keep water; improve the original trees of the primary ecosystem and cultivate fir trees in the hilly land. The Dong ethnic groups largely extended the paddy fields in the hilly land, which lead to the flourish of aquatic organisms in such hilly area as well, which increased the biodiversity there. Therefore, even though the original ecosystem has been modified by the Dong ethnic group, the ecosystem is still in a stable state, biodiversity there has been increased and the ecological landscape has also been built. The reason why the Dong ethnic group could make this kind of transformation is that they made efforts to imitate the original ecosystem in the modification: they not only followed the natural rules, but also tried to restrict the modification. In the meantime, the Dong people maintained their artificial ecosystem by their efficient management system so that there is much consultive value to nowadays' ecological construction.

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