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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 Hmong, Mien, Lisu, Lahu, Lavua, Lua, Khmu, Hilltribes,Lowlanders,History,Culture,Beliefs,Production,Northern
Author Walker, Anthony R.
Title North Thailand: Hill and Valley,Hillmen and Lowlanders
Document Type Article Original Language of Text English
Ethnic Identity Lisu, Lahu, Lua, Lavua, Mien, Iu Mien, Hmong, Khmu,Kammu, Tmooy, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Not specified.
Location of
Chiang Mai University Library, Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre Library Total Pages 17 Year 1975
Source Farmer in the Hills: Upland Peoples of North Thailand,Anthony R. Walker (Editor),p.1-17,Printed by The School of Comparative Social Sciences. Printed at Universiti Sains Malaysia Press.

This article is about the agricultural production, culture, beliefs, and socio-political structure of the hill people and valley people in northern Thailand. On the highlands of northern Thailand is there live various tribal communities with different identities. They are not divided into indigenous areas. The agriculturists’ houses in the north are built on pillars. They cultivate with a transplant system, grow vegetables, tobacco, peanuts, farm, and trade. They are matriclans, mostly believe in spirits and Buddhism. The uplanders mostly divided themselves by sub cultural groups. They make their houses of wood and bamboo. The roofs are covered with (bents)or thatch. Some build their houses like the lowlanders’. They cultivate with swiddening techniques. They grow rye, corn, opium, vegetables and tobacco. They also gather the forests products and farm. There is social organization diversity depending on the indigenous identity. Most of them worship spirits and some believe in Buddhism or in Christ.

Text Analyst Boonsom Chirawanitchakul Date of Report Sep 22, 2012
TAG Hmong, Mien, Lisu, Lahu, Lavua, Lua, Khmu, Hilltribes, Lowlanders, History, Culture, Beliefs, Production, Northern, Translator -


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