Photographer's Note

Another foto of the ethnic minorities living around Kyaing Tong.
Myanmar is ethnically diverse. The government recognises 135 distinct ethnic groups.

Akhu Tribe is commonly known as the bamboo pipe people, they live on the hills around the city of Keng Tung in the Shan State of Myanmar. The Shan State is in eastern Myanmar bordered by China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south. It is an area that is familiar with the production of opium and civil war. Akhu envolved in small communities in an isolated valley for generations and they have developed a language that is mutually unintelligible with those of other minorities, and traditional dress and costumes that set them apart from other tribes. The people are Baptist, with missionary proselytising clearly influencing their culture. Houses remain very traditional same as clothing. Women wear cotton jackets died black using indigo and lacking any frills, while head-gear consists of black turban-style scarves. What their dress lacks in colour their jewellery makes up for.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ronny Burger (burmaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 184] (734)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-00-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-10-26 2:57
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