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    S'gaw youth at Mowakee Chaingmai

    Less savings. Much to share.

    S'gaw's proverb
    Mowakee Chaingmai

    Salak Yom Festival
    Pratupha Temple

    Sea as Home of Urak Lawoi, Moken, Moklen

    Rawai beach Phuket Thailand


    Computer class of S'gaw students
    Mae La Noi , Maehongson

    Khaw Rai (Rice)
    produced from rotational farming
    Li Wo, Kanchanaburi


    S'gaw woman at Hin Lad Nai village

    Fermented Beans

    Important ingredient of Tai


    Phlong(Pwo) woman

    Li Wo village

    Boon Khaw Mai rite

    Phlong at Li Wo


    Little Prince of Tai

    Ordination in Summer of Tai boys


    Boys are ordained as novice monks

     Poi Sang Long is the tradition of the Tai. 

    Be novice monk to learn Buddhism


    Tai-art  mural painting of  Buddha 
    at Wat Chong Kam Chong Klang
    Maehongson Thailand

    Wat Chong-Kam, Chong Klang

    Hmong childs at Ban Kewkarn
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    Urak  Lawai at Rawai Phuket
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Subject Da Ra’ang, Palaung, dress, settlement, social management, politics & administration, economic activity, religion, belief, Nor Lae, Pang Daeng Nok, Pang Daeng Nai, Chiang Dao, adaptation, problem
Author Michael C. Howard and Wattana Wattanapun
Title The Palaung in Northern Thailand
Document Type Book Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Da-ang, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Austroasiatic
Location of
- Total Pages 114 Year 2001
Source C. Howard Michael and Wattana Wattanapun. The Palaung in Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai: Silkworm Books, 2001.

   This work investigated status, lifestyle, adaptation and problems encountered by the Silver Palaung resettling in northern Thailand, particularly at Ban Nor Lae, Pang Daeng Nok, Pang Daeng Nai and others in Chiang Mai. This Silver Palaung originated from the Shan State of Myanmar. Due to political instability and wars, they crossed the border to take refuge under the Thai King. Their first settlement was at Nor Lae village before migrating to other areas, such as, Suan Cha in Fang district; Mae Rim district; Pang Daeng Nai, Pang Daeng Nok, Huay Pong and Mae Jon in Chiang Dao district, because of the problem of and restriction on existing farmland. They still built their traditional houses, but there were no long houses like in Myanmar. They were still involved in farming, cultivating rice and corn, but unable to grow tea as their original occupation. Additionally, they had adapted for survival by being handymen, selling products to tourists and establishing homestays. Nevertheless, it is well known that most ethnic groups chose to reside in forest land. They had had problems with the state sector and were prosecuted for forest encroachment. The other important problems were their defending of rights and obtaining citizenship.

Text Analyst Chonthicha Khunthong Date of Report Jun 08, 2019
TAG Da Ra’ang, Palaung, dress, settlement, social management, politics & administration, economic activity, religion, belief, Nor Lae, Pang Daeng Nok, Pang Daeng Nai, Chiang Dao, adaptation, problem, Translator -


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