Saturday, February 6, 2010

The Hill Tribes

These are wooden bookmarks with a miniature doll in ethnic costumes. I got them from an swap partner from Thailand. These dolls are actually representations of the Hill Tribes. It is a term used in Thailand for all of the various tribal peoples who migrated from China and Tibet over the past few centuries. They now inhabit the remote border areas between Northern Thailand, Laos and Burma (Myanmar). These areas are known for their thick forests and mountainous terrain. The hill tribes are subsistence farmers who use slash and burn agricultural techniques to farm their heavily forested communities.

The six major hill tribes within Thailand are the Akha, Lahu, Karen, Hmong, Mien and Lisu, each with a distinct language and culture.


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