NGO Documentary Production in Thailand done for Trade Monkey, an International NGO who tries to make local artisan’s products access to global markets. In this case, the local artisans are the Lisu minority tribe from Northen Thailand, and the products are yoga straps based on traditional Lisu designs and patterns.
The Lisu people are a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group who inhabit mountainous regions of Burma (Myanmar), southwest China,Thailand, and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. They mainly inhabit remote mountainous areas, and their history is passed from one generation to the next in the form of songs. Today, these songs are so long that they can take an entire night to sing.
Another interesting fact is that around 2002, as cellular phone signals reached deeper and deeper into the valleys of northern Thailand, the Lisu embraced the technology in unanticipated fashion: the Lisu purchased unlimited calling plans and started to sing and improvise to each other over mobile connections.
We did not get to receive any of this phone calls, though we wished, but we managed to share some time with these wonderful people and get to learn a bit about their culture
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