The people of the hill tribe known as Akha are related to the Hani of China's Yunnan province. Conservation of Thailand's increasingly depleted forests, has forced hill tribes to abandon their traditional agricultural methods and form more sedentary communities. Each tribe has its own language, customs, and strikingly unique dress and adornments. Tourism is also an increasingly valuable source of income.
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The people of the hill tribe known as Akha are related to the Hani of China's Yunnan province. Conservation of Thailand's increasingly depleted forests, has forced hill tribes to abandon their traditional agricultural methods and form more sedentary communities. Each tribe has its own language, customs, and strikingly unique dress and adornments. Tourism is also an increasingly valuable source of income.

© David Noyes 2011

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