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    To develop the ethnic groups database where systematized research data are available online and can be made use of by interested parties or individuals, following the subjects or topics of their interests, and thus making it easier for them to sum up the essential points necessary for further in-depth studies. 


    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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    Smile in problems
    Urak  Lawai at Rawai Phuket
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Subject Black Tai, Tai Song, Tai Song Dam, Lao Song, Lao Song Dam, nation state, ethnicity, identity, Thai nation state, power relationship, Black Tai festival and tradition
Author Narong Artsamiti
Title Nation state, ethnicity, and identity of Black Tai
Document Type Article Original Language of Text -
Ethnic Identity Lao Song, Thai Song, Black Tai, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Tai
Location of
SirindhornAnthropology Center Total Pages - Year 2012
Source Journal of Sociology and Anthropology (Thammasart University), July-December, 2012, Vol. 3 No. 2, pp. 53-78

The article presents causes of change in expressing identity of the Tai Dam ethnic group due to power relationships between the governing and the governed and the concept of nation state. From the field investigation and documentary research of the author, it was found that identity expression of the ethnic group had changed due to the power relationships between the governing and the governed in various temporal and social contexts, as the ethnic group by birth, as naturalized Thais in the nation-state context, as well as established Thais required to express their ethnic identity in annual festivals. In the past, these changes were designated by outsiders; however, they are now by choice of the ethnic group. These power relationships have been continuing into the future, which means that the changing identity expression of the ethnic group will continue and no one knows when they will end.

Text Analyst Punsita Yaemowat Date of Report May 18, 2016
TAG Black Tai, Tai Song, Tai Song Dam, Lao Song, Lao Song Dam, nation state, ethnicity, identity, Thai nation state, power relationship, Black Tai festival and tradition, Translator -


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