Nhung, 82, La Hu Ethnic Group, Vietnam
Nhung was sitting in front of her wooden house when we walked into her village. She had a warm smile and kind eyes. Speaking to her was difficult as she didn’t know Vietnamese, so her son told us about their life and culture.
“It was very difficult in the past, they had to go to the forest to find roots and catch fish to feed us. In wintertime, we didn’t have enough clothes to wear. It was very cold and we gathered around the stove to warm up. Sometimes, we had to wear 1 pair of clothes for 2 or 3 years. Our ancestors used to hunt tigers to get meat and the skin. The skin will be used to make sleeping mats, or make clothes.”
“Our ancestors told me that we used to call our ethnic group “Lá Vàng” (Lá Vàng means yellow leaves). In the past, they built houses using green banana leaves for the roof. When the leaves turned yellow, they moved to a new place. Wherever there were lots of animals, they stayed there until there wasn’t enough food, then they moved. When the leaves turned yellow, that meant they hunted all the animals. The whole village always moved to a new place together.”
Nhung, 82 years old
La Hu Ethnic Group
Lai Chau, Vietnam
La Hu Ethnic Group — Summary