Category Archives: Hill Tribes

Issaraporn Saeyang

“I was born into a Lisu family—the Lisu are one of the hill tribes of Southeast Asia—on May 9, 1982. My parents, who are farmers, gave me the nickname On, which is what everyone normally calls me. “I have three … Continue reading

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THE ART OF LOOKING AKHA

In the traditional Akha view art is something one wears. They don’t hang their creative work on walls. They put it on their bodies. To an Akha, art is the adornment of everyday being and to wear it is to … Continue reading

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HILL TRIBES VS. NASTY SPIRITS: THE ENDLESS BATTLE

When first-time travelers to the hills of Northern Thailand hear that the tribe they are about to visit is ‘animist,’ their comprehension faculties often go on immediate pause. Animist? They don’t have gods? They worship spirits? No, not really. Traditional … Continue reading

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LOOKING PRETTY – TRIBAL STYLE

In Northern Thailand beauty takes on exotic new definitions, for traditional hill tribe women have a very different concept of what makes a girl pretty, even from tribe to tribe. Some traits are common to all, such as the lack … Continue reading

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Chiang Mai’s Hill peoples

At just over 700,000 people, Thailand’s hill tribe population constitutes just over 1% of the total population of the country. Most hill tribes live in the highland areas of the north, as well as along the mountainous western border with … Continue reading

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