Thursday, August 20, 2009


          The H'Tin are a tribal group that can be found only in the northern province of Nan. Actually, the H'Tin belong to the same group as the Lua or Lawa. The local Thai in Nan call them H'Tin, that literally means "local", because they are long time residents of that locality. The H'Tin live in the forest areas along the Thai-Laos border in Nan province.

          The H'Tin of Nan have a similar cultural development as of the Lua in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son. That is, they have also been much absorbed into other tribal groups, especially by the Thai, so that it is now hardly possible to identify the H'Tin from the Thai, except through their different style of house building, of crop farming and through the use of dialect among group members.

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