Discovering Lu ethnic people’s indigenous culture

(VOV) - Hon village in Tam Duong district, which is home to Lu ethnic people, is a tourist attraction in the northern mountain province of Lai Chau for it has maintained indigenous culture for years. 

There are nearly 4,000 Lu ethnic people in Vietnam living mostly in Tam Duong, Tan Uyen and Sin Ho district of Lai Chau province.

They develop the wet rice cultivation, alongside planting maize, potato and cassava. They also grow corn for fibre weaving.

Lu women have skilful hands. They embroider and weave costumes, especially dress and scarf, for the whole family.

Lu people like playing their traditional musical instruments like the flute and drum, and folk games like tug-of-war during festivals.

Lu people live in stilt houses. Each house has two fires: one for the family and the other to make tea for visitors.

In recent years, a number of villages of the Lu in Lai Chau have become the eco-cultural tourism attractions for foreign tourists.

Hon is one of those villages. With more than 100 stilt houses intact, along with preserved weaving practices and cultural identities, the village attracts thousands of domestic and foreign visitors a year.

Let’s explore indigenous culture of Lu ethnic people (Photo courtesy of Thanh Ha)
Coming to Hon village, visitors discover distinctive characteristics of local people
All inter-village roads have been asphalted, making it easier for local people and visitors to travel
As many as 153 stilt houses have been preserved in tact
In the old times, Lu women aged 13-14 had their teeth dyed in black. Now the tooth blackening customs is popular with women above 30 years old
Lu people know how to apply technological advances to production
P6 Lu women are good at cloth making and weaving
P7 Most Lu families preserve the fibre weaving craft

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