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Although certain purists may turn their noses up, some of the Flower Hmong fusion gear to be seen on show these days at local markets such as Vietnam’s Bac Ha Sunday Market is quite remarkable. (The colourful Flower Hmong are a subgroup of the Hmong ethnic group – in Vietnam often spelt H’Mong – who inhabit the area of far…

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  • 19 hours ago by All Points East

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    Brao kids, Kietngong village, Champasak, south #Laos
    Brao kids, Kietngong village, Champasak, south #Laos
  • 19 hours ago by All Points East

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    Mahout of the Brao ethnic group - another Mon-Khmer speaking minority of southern #Laos Like their neighbours the Suay, (or Kuy) elephant domestication was traditionally an important part of their culture.
    Mahout of the Brao ethnic group - another Mon-Khmer speaking minority
    9 hours ago
    Elephant domestication is not acceptable. It involves blatant cruelty to break their spirit and out of sight they are shackled.Tourists should refuse to participate . I do hope All Points Agree with me?
    9 hours ago All Points East
    These people are NOT domesticating elephants Sheila! They are taking care of elephants that were domesticated by their ancestor generations ago - as I said it's part of their traditional lifestyle and apologies if the text was misleading.
    9 hours ago All Points East
    Sadly it's notoriously difficult to rehabilitate 'domesticated' pachyderms - even if suitable forest areas are available. While we would certainly not condone riding the creatures or any kind of 'shows' we're happy to facilitate visitors who wish to visit responsible camps to learn about the animals. (Such as the one that you visited in Sri Lanka). They are VERY expensive to keep and if no funding is received it's hard to see what would happen to the estimated 2,000+ domesticated elephants in Thailand.
  • 19 hours ago by All Points East

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    Girl from the Taliang (or Tariang) minority - a Mon-Khmer speaking group on the Boloven Plateau, south #Laos
    Girl from the Taliang (or Tariang) minority - a Mon-Khmer speaking gro
  • 19 hours ago by All Points East

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    Gentlemen of the Maniq minority, Trang province, #Thailand. (The man in the loincloth is the clan leader.)
    Gentlemen of the Maniq minority, Trang province, #Thailand. (The man i
    15 hours ago
    Stop it! You’ve just given me a mental image of Boris Johnson in a loincloth.....
  • 19 hours ago by All Points East

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    Orang Asli woman from the Negrito (Semang) group - some of the earliest migrants to the Malay Peninsula: Perak State, #Malaysia
    Orang Asli woman from the Negrito (Semang) group - some of the earlies
  • 19 hours ago by All Points East

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    Khmer woman with traditional krama (scarf) and not so traditional sunglasses; Battambang, #Cambodia
    Khmer woman with traditional krama (scarf) and not so traditional sung
  • 1 day ago by All Points East

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    Mlabri elder and kids, Nan Province, #Thailand
    Mlabri elder and kids, Nan Province, #Thailand
    18 hours ago All Points East
    Many apologies - the wife correctly points out these are Mlabri people - a northern hunter-gatherer group in Nan Province!
  • 1 day ago by All Points East

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    Woman of the nomadic, hunter-gatherer Mlabri minority, commonly known as Pee Tong Luang or 'Spirit of the Yellow Leaves' people. Taken in Nan Province #Thailand in 1991 this family was one of the last forest-dwelling groups and all Mlabri are now settled in villages.
    Woman of the nomadic, hunter-gatherer Mlabri minority, commonly known
  • 1 day ago by All Points East

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    Khmer girl on the Sangkar River, western #Cambodia
    Khmer girl on the Sangkar River, western #Cambodia
  • 1 day ago by All Points East

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    An elderly Pa-O woman in In Dein, Shan State, #Burma #Myanmar
    An elderly Pa-O woman in In Dein, Shan State, #Burma #Myanmar