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Noun1.Bouyei - a branch of the Tai languages
Tai - the most widespread and best known of the Kadai family of languages
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These Yunnan ethnic minorities include Achang, Bai, Bouyei, Blang, Dai, Deang, Durng, Hani, Miao, Hui, Jingpo, Jino, Lahu, Lisu, Manchu, Mien/Yao, Mongolian, Naxi, Nu, Pumi, Va, Shui, Tibetan, Yi, and Zhuang.
There is a saying that the Han live on the lowland or valley floors, the Miao live in the highlands or mountains, and the Yi and Bouyei live between the Miao and the Han.
The Bouyei (or Bouyi), by virtue of living in some of the province's rockiest areas, are accomplished stonemasons.