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The Hani ethnic group shares the same origin with the Yi and Lahu ethnic groups.
According to the historical records, they all evolved from the ancient Qiang
people. The Qiang people used to be a nomadic tribe living in the Qinghai-Tibet
plateau. Later one branch of them moved south and early by the 3rd century,
their forefathers had inhabited the swampland along the Dadu River and Yalong
River. In the 7th century, they immigrated into the area near Mt. Ailao and Mt.
Wuliang. In the Tang and Song dynasties, the Nanzhao and Dali kingdoms
successively reined in this area. The Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) established a
prefecture to rule the Hani and other ethnic groups in Yunnan. The Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644) exercised its rule through local chieftains, who were granted
official posts. During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) court officials replaced