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Hill Tribe Museum and Education Centre

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The Hill Tribe Museum and Education Centre is a long-standing establishment dedicated to the culture of Chiang Rai and northern Thailand’s ethnic hill-tribe minorities.

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Long-standing is the key word though and unfortunately it’s one where we feel the description “showing its age” would be a major understatement. However, it is a well-known museum and living in constant hope of a desperately needed make-over, we’ll give you a brief run-down.

All things rattan, bamboo and wood. Photo taken in or around Hill Tribe Museum and Education Centre, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

All things rattan, bamboo and wood. Photo: Mark Ord

Our first gripe is that we’re not really sure how appropriate the term “museum” is when tens of thousands of the subject matter—i.e. hill-tribe minority people—still live in the hills outside town? Perhaps cultural centre or something would be better and contents are mostly everyday objects and standard traditional dress that you can still see in many villages anyway. Explanations tend to be anecdotal; a particular festival or traditional religious belief of a certain ethnic group and there’s little or nothing in the way of actual ethnological, linguistic or historical detail on the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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