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History in a Bottle: The Story of Moutai

This is the story of a fine local drink that doubles as a history book. In China, there is an alcohol that’s been credited with improving international relations and uniting opposing empires. Described as the “drink of diplomacy,” it takes five years to produce a single bottle, and for nearly 400 years it has been distilled using traditional techniques out of a single town in China’s Guizhou Province. The beverage is Moutai: a strong, clear spirit that has won 14 international awards. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.

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Ancient Ink Reborn: Revitalizing Traditional Inuit Tattooing

For thousands of years, Inuit people have marked themselves with tattoos. While designs and meanings vary, tattoos remain a vital part of the culture. But a century ago, the tradition was nearly lost when missionaries came to Inuit communities and began colonizing. Now, artist Marjorie Tahbone is intent on reawakening this ancient art using the traditional techniques of her native people. If you like this video, like us on Facebook and Twitter.