Mlabri Hilltribe

The Mlabri Hilltribe is the last hill tribe left in the north of Thailand. They are shy jungle hunter-gatherers, who wear only loin-clothes and leave their dead on the tree-top for the birds. Thai people call them “Spirits of the Yellow leaves,” because they live in banana-leaf shelters until the leaves turn yellow (2 weeks) and they vanish into the jungle like spirits, when anyone comes to make contact.

Of the Mlabri who migrated from Muang Chaiburi of Lao P.D.R. 100 years ago, only about currently 200 survive in Nan, and recently the government has tried to “settle” some of them in Hmong-style villages. Even though they seem primitive, the Mlabri are light-years ahead of modern science in terms of their astounding knowledge of jungle plants and herbal cures.

To preserve this hill tribe, Amphur Wiang Sa, in cooperation with the Hill Tribe Development Village, built a village for them at Moo 6, Ban Huay Yuak, Tambon Mae Khaning. People can learn the Mlabri’s ways of living here. The village is worth visiting.

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Active Tasks

Part A: Reading comprehension

Answer the questions.

1. Where do the Mlabri live in Wiang Sa?

2. Why do Thai people call the Mlabri “Spirits of the Yellow leaves”?

3. Where did Mlabri migrate from?

4. Where in Wiang Sa did the Mlabri migrate to?

5. What does the government do to preserve the Mlabri?

6. How do the Mlabri change the way of living nowadays?

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Part B: Vocabulary

Fill in the blanks with the vocabulary below.

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contact survive preserve worth migrated

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1. Everyone should………………………..the environment for a better life.

2. Mlabri………………………..from Muang Chaiburi of Lao 100 year ago.

3. Nan is ……………………………visiting.

4. Some Chinese people ……………………………..from the last earthquake.

5. Mlabri don’t like to …………………………….with the modern world.

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