“Keep sunshine”

Sun’s task to shine to the earth whole time event has a storms.
Because have a person who waiting the sunshine….As through the human.
Keep the sun’s task as your do everything in your life as the sun………


Happiness

Happiness will be with you for long
But Sorrow will be lost soon

Just not adhere your past
Happiness will be with you forever

To change, to continue is truth
Everything in your life is your experience


HOME

Home have a meaning fro the people event it small or a big, beautiful. The big importance than a house size is a values for a heart and the happiness of the people who live in there. If the house do not have the importance person live together it mean do not have happiness and warm. The heart of the house is the person or the thing that live in the house.


“MeeJa”

“MeeJa” in Akha language mean firewood. This word has a meaning for Akha people who live on the hill because Meeja or firewood important for the hilltribe people when they cook because they do not use acetylene gas, other way it can protect the cold weather, give warming for the people who live on the mountain, they used Meeja since they wake up till to sleep like they start to make a bonfires after they wake up, noon they start to make a bonfires in the field, in the evening also. That why Meeja is important for the hilltribe people.

We can go to take Meeja from the forest everyday but in once a week on Tiger day and Yor day can not go to take the Firewood or Meeja from the forest because the Akha people believe that day is the day break off the person who builds the universe.
The Akha people will choose the tree do not have a green leaf, this is the technical to protect the forest, the villager will choose the firewood that dry and becoming a firewood.



GaeLuPha

GaeLupha is the name of the religious leader of the LahuSaeLa. He takes responsibility for leading ceremonies in the village. When the people in the village would like to have a ceremony in their family, like merit, giving food to the spirits in the house (the belief of the Lahu people), they have another assistant religious leader to come and chant in the house that is having the ceremony. When the chant is finished, the owner will bring GaeLuPha to the house with a sacrifice to chant again for Lahu goodness for the family that is having the ceremony. After GaeLuPha chants, the ceremony finishes. Another responsibility for GaeLuPha is the superintendent of JaKhue ground (the place where Lahu dances are held when the village has a festival or a religious day in the village).


The month of swing ceremony

This month is the swing ceremony for Akha hill tribe. That swing ceremony or “Yae Khu Ar Phew” in Akha language will go from in August to the beginning of September every years that straightforward the crop in the fields thrive and completely for harvest. During this time the Akha will mow the grass in the fields for the last time, when mow the grass the villager will wait for gather. The Akha swing ceremonies have culture valuable and involve in the Akha daily life. You can participate the Akha swing ceremony in AKha village where they take respect the old culture until now.


The winter has arrive

In the morning on peak Mountains.
The cold atmospheres, a sea of fog, trees, sound of wild animals and the people.
The coolness month has come again.
There are babies, an old man, a bonfire and the old clothes.
Coolness, healthy, food, family and the rural area.
Sharing, love relationship, compatriot......you are the one who can give them the warms for all the hill tribe children.



The hope of Tabo

Now Lahu villages are changing and developing according to the city. Communities that want to maintain their self-respect must adapt by comparing themselves with social conditions outside. Tabo, the religious leader of the Lahu in Jalae village, wants to know what the situation will be for the culture and traditions of the village in the future. For this reason, he exchanges with other Lahu outside the village about their culture and traditions. He travels by motorcycle with a driver. He goes to places that have other Lahu tribes and exchanges with them. They stay there for one night. He feels that these places are like his family. He talks about the culture that he knows to the other villagers, while he learns new things that he didn’t know from the others also. Tabo is concerned that if he dies, that someone will take responsibility from him and from God.


Chaemue

Chaemue is a tree that the Lahu Saelae choose to respresent their life and grow for the community. The villagers choose a tree that is upright and has grown perfectly. The Lahu have a big ceremony once a year.
The cultural leader “Phoo Jarn” leads the ceremony. If a village’s tree has died, the village will choose another tree around the same area. Because it is the village’s tree, the villagers don’t insult or cut this tree or other trees around this place. Those who insult the tree will die. The character of the tree that the village chooses to be a Chaemue for the village will be given many offerings by the villagers, because every Buddhist holy day the villagers have a ceremony and fence in around the tree.
When the tree grows up, the Lahu Saelae will choose another to be the village’s tree. This ceremony also ensures the continued conservation of the forest of the Lahu Saelae.


Jakue court of Lahu Sealae

When we walk through the Lahu Sealae village. We will see a large court near Phoo Jarn or Gaelupha house (the religious leader). These courts call Laan Jakue or Jakuegue (Lahu saelae language). This place is a holy of the Lahu village, do not has fighting, do not bring intoxicating drinking in to Jakue court or can not do anything that will make an insult the place because the Lahu people used this place to be the exchange, to pass on knowledge about Jakue dancing and the cultural of Lahu saelae to the next generation. We to be able to see Jakue dancing in the court when in the village has a festival like ginwor, eating new rice, offering the food to the monk, to propitiate a ghost who protect the village by a sacrifice.


Study camp, the way of Akha living

The girl from Baan nana (Childlifemaesai) come to learn the way of Akha living such as the cultural, traditional in Apha, Akha village. The girls try to weaving by the weaving machine that made from inventory can find around the village. The process to make the weaving machine is very difficult because have the detail like use many pieces of wood to make a weaving machine, mix the strings together, etc.

This study camp has 15 children from Baan nana, all of the children they live together in the Akha village, go to the farm, fields, trekking, and catch a fish, crab from the creek like the way of this village living. They learn and have knowledge about the Akha living, help each other event in the village does not have the electric machine to make them conveniences the same live in the city but them happy in this way.


Whistles

"The wind echoes, the heartbeat of the tribes, gentle tunes awaken us with the glistening sun, taking with you the sounds that make it last."

This is what we define the "whistles" made by Akha women around the Mirror Foundation, Chiang Rai province.

Whistles are the new product that was introduced to Akha women. Traditionally, they are not trained in painting. Now with this new handicraft, they are able to make a living with painting. It is now another form of income for them.

You can see more hilltribe products at http://www.ebannok.com


Acrobatic Dance

A group of Karen children in Suphanburi Province gathers together to study their traditional dance taught by the elder. Not only dacing, but they also learn singing in Karen language. At the village center, they sit in a circle, learn to sing, dance and the meaning of the songs. This has been taught and performed from generation to generation years ago without enforcement. I can say that this is an "acrobatic dance" because it combines the suppleness of a contortionist with the gracefulness of dancers.



Masterpiece

The fabric designs of the “Yao” or the “Mien” are well known for their stitching patterns passed on from generation to generation.

The intricate designs and careful stitching have made this Mien art well known.

The stitching is done by the women while they are waiting for their harvest to grow. The learning process starts when the girls are around 9-10 years old. They are taught by their mothers and grandmothers.

In order to keep the tradition going, the elders encourage the younger girls to stitch. They tell the girls that if they do not learn, they will not have any clothes to wear.

The interest that the younger generation has in this art is both refreshing and important. The intricate patterns have traditional names for examples; Cho bieaw, Dok, Chum Cha, Num Chel. It is not certain where this art started as there is a lack of historical evidence. But from local knowledge, we believe that the designs were inspired by nature, the trees, and the flowers in the forest.

The stitching of the Mien is considered among other tribes as unique and beautiful. It is also incredible that the designs that fabrics are not on the side of the fabric that is being stitched.

The value of this art is not in the quantity of the products produced but the beauty of the stunning designs. Each piece of fabric takes a lot of time to stitch. Because of their faith and dedication to their tradition, their work is full of personality and color. The fabrics express the individual’s connection to her history.



Organic Agriculture

A special meal at a Karen village in Nong Prue district, Kanjanaburi province where has produced vegetable and fruit by "Organic Agriculture" for years ago. All kinds of agricultural products here are produced organically, including cabbage, carrot, turnip, spinach, papaya, lettuce, asparagus, etc.

Organic farming management relies on developing biological diversity in the field to disrupt habitat for pest organisms, and the purposeful maintenance and replenishment of soil fertility.

The villagers cultivate not only for food, but also they earn extra money from selling surplus products. We may say that this is a good sample for "Clean Food, Good Taste", "Live a Better Life" and also "Sufficiency Economy".



Ta Ki Ya

"Natural Dye Weaving Cloth Center, Karen" located at Ban Pa Pu, Muang District, Mae Hong Son Province, where is about 10 kilometers from Mae Hong Son city. The Karen has been known natural dyes to color textiles since ancient times. "Ta Ki Ya" or Karen weaving cloth is 100% natural, textile from cotton and also colorant from plants. For examples; brown from myrobalan leaf, dark grey from cotton ball, grey from Indian gooseberry fruit, pink from tamarind bark and yellow from tumeric.



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Shall We Dance?

During the "Poy The Way" (a Lahu word meaning "dancing"), the musical instruments accompany and lead the players playing and dancing. One or some of the players act as the lead dancer or dancers while the participants form several circles dancing to the meter of the musical instrument while the dancers' movements and postures change accordingly. In daily life, the Lahu people enjoy playing the musical instruments while dancing, singly or in groups. During the Lahu Festivals or other celebrations, the collective dance is danced in all the villages, when men and women, old and young, come and join in the activity.



And they live happily ever after...

Here is an Akha wedding celebration at Apa village. Typically, there is no formal bride price for Akha tribe, but the groom must provide the costs of the wedding festivities. However, some has changed, like this couple, the groom pays for bride price and also festivities. Meal at the wedding served on daily uses dining tables made with bamboo or cane. Although the wedding is performed at the groom's house, the new couple lives apart from the family in their own little hut.



Till Dead Do Us Part

I hold her gentle with great care
I run my fingers through her hair
She’s my life and my soul
The final piece that makes me whole

I remember that day when I met grace
That shining look upon her face
She put my hand upon her Tummy
For lack of words I was a dummy

The tears began to fill my eyes
She stared at me in surprise
I love this girl with all my heart
I repeat the words till dead do us part

Will I be the very best dad
Just like the one I had
I do not know what I await
But I know it's god's fate

...Devoted to Meeti of Apa Village...


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