Meet Aya Dzoedah, winner of the "Akha Idol" singing contest held by The Virtual Hilltribe Museum on September 3rd in Saen Jai Mai village. Aya who received nearly perfect scores from the judges was the clear winner from over 30 performers each singing original songs in Akha. He sang about the misunderstandings and prejudices that other people have about Akha beliefs and way of life. As with the famous show "American Idol" we will be producing an album for Aya to showcase his talents. We believe that the future of the Akha identity is strongly tied to young, charismatic performers such as Aya who help remind tribal youth caught between two cultures of what they leave behind when they abandon their roots.