The Akha

Thailand 2005


These photos were taken in the province of Chiang Rai in the North of Thailand during July 2005. The Akha are the poorest among the hill tribes settled in the Golden Triangle, on the border between Cambodia and Myanmar. After ages of migrations, the Akha’s culture risks being lost in the assimilation process implemented by the Thai government. Also, an increasing number of villages converted to Buddhism or Christianity.


The photos in the reportage display daily life in one of the few villages which is still traditional. The last sequence of images, in particular, shows an animistic ritual aimed at protecting the corn crop.