Nanai people

Nanai people

About Nanai people

The Nani people (self name nani, Nani means 'natives'; self name Hezhen means 'people of the Orient'; formerly also known as Golds and Samagir) are a Tungusic people of the Far East, who have traditionally lived along Heilongjiang (Amur), Songhuajiang (Sunggari) and Ussuri rivers on the Middle Amur Basin. The ancestors of the Nanais were the Jurchens of northernmost Manchuria. The Nanai/Hezhe language belongs to the Manchu-Tungusic branch of the Altai languages.

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