Qua, 3, Dao Ethnic Group, Vietnam
Qua is from the Dao ethnic group living in a small mountain village in Northern Vietnam. Being only 3 years old she hasn’t yet been to primary school and learned Vietnamese. Therefore, she just speaks the language of her ethnic group, Dao.
We stumbled across her village while driving through the mountains of Ha Giang. A small village where almost every adult was wearing their traditional clothing, much like Qua is here.
Lê Qua, 3 years old
Dao Áo Dài, Ethnic Group
Ha Giang, Vietnam
Like the majority of the ethnic groups in Vietnam, the Dao has different ethnic sub-groups within the primary Dao Ethnic Group in Northern Vietnam. Qua is from the Dao Áo Dài sub-group also known as the Dao Chàm.
As we traveled across the mountainous regions of Northern Vietnam it became clear that the sub-groups within the larger ethnic groups can be quite different in many regards such as dress, customs, and even language.