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Luang Namtha District & Province, Laos
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Background & Khmu Tribe
Khmu Festival in Luang Namtha, Laos
Khmu Festival
The Khmu or their ancestors probably settled the area of present-day Laos several thousand years ago and are one of the most populous ethnic groups in Laos. Part of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic linguistic family, the Khmu are divided into many sub-groups including the Khmu Lue, Kwaen, Rok and Ou, with the majority of Khmu in Luang Namtha being Kwaen or Rok. Like many of the ethnic groups in northern Laos, the Khmu are not Buddhist, but practice their own form of animism.Khmu in Ban Nam Ha

The Khmu in Luang Namtha generally practice mixed economies, growing rice, hunting, gathering forest products and producing handicrafts to generate some cash income. Because the Khmu are highly knowledgeable about medicinal plants and are highly-skilled producers of woven rattan and bamboo basketry, many Khmu villages are regularly visited by tourists that purchase handicrafts and hire local guides to lead them on forest treks.

Tourism has become a new and important source of income for a number of Khmu villages in Luang Namtha and Vieng Phoukha District, especially in the villages located on the Ban Nam Ha.
Update: 20 June 2013
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