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Agriculture and livelihood

Description: A discussion of agricultural practices amongst Lahu villagers. Some choose to plant their own small plots, but the elder encourages them to work together on larger plots. He reminds the villagers of an old saying that warns about rats and birds eating crops which aren't properly cultivated. They mention challenges like elephants trampling the crops, wild animals eating the crops, or the fields being burned by outsiders. They make plans to go hunting and scout different areas for planting in the new season.
Date: [1965,1966,1970,1977]
Duration: 11 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information

I am the Way

Description: A bible reading (John 16:27-28) and sermon about trust.
Date: [1965,1966,1970,1977]
Duration: 6 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Building a house

Description: A recording of a group of people building a house. They gather the materials, arrange to feed the builders, and discuss how many tiers the house should have. After thatching the roof, they raise the posts and secure the roof to the posts. Finally they build an awning, and the house is complete.
Date: [1965,1966,1970,1977]
Duration: 8 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Building an airstrip

Description: A conversation between Lahu villagers about building an airstrip in Shatodo village supervised by the Thai Border Police. The airstrip took up land originally used for rice cultivation. The villagers wonder whether they will get to ride on the planes that will use the airstrip.
Date: [1965,1966,1970,1977]
Duration: 21 minutes
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Candid conversation: preparing to record for the first time

Description: A recording of the village headman, Cabi, and villagers preparing to record skits and descriptions of village life. They are suggesting what to record--slaughtering animals, building houses, visiting Chiang Mai, taking the bus, bargaining at the market. The headman instructs everyone to be silent in the background, but the villagers are laughing a lot.
Date: [1965,1966,1970,1977]
Duration: 3 minutes 14 seconds
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Christmas and the New Rice Festival

Description: A description of the festivals and practices surrounding Christmas and the New Rice Festival, and conversations between the Lahu headman and villagers while preparing for these events. They don't work for 3-4 days around Christmas and feast on pork. For the New Rice Festival in October, they also feast on pork. One person suggests slaughtering and eating an elephant, but others say it is not good. The young men look forward to the New Rice Festival to court the women.
Date: 1965
Duration: 11 minutes 42 seconds
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information

Church service

Description: A recording of a Lahu church service including hymns and sermon given by a Karen preacher in Huey Tat village. The sermon is about sin and the importance of forgiveness.
Date: [1965,1966,1970,1977]
Duration: 11 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Matisoff, James A.
Partner: UNT College of Information
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