The Victory Drum Dance
In the ancient time, the Victory drum would be beaten rhythmically before going into battle in order to embolden the soldiers and to put fear into the enemy.
The Yao Dance
The Yao or the Mien belongs to the Meo-Yao family of languages. The men do very skilled work with silver. The women are trained in embroidery from the age of five. Their dances are not for entertainment but for religious purposes. These include paying respect to their ancestors, priest ordination and praying for rain in a trance-induced dance.
The Hmong Dance
The Hmong or the Meo belong to the Meo-Yao family of languages. They originally migrated from the southern part of China around the year 1850. They appear in Chinese records for thousands of years and their own legends says that they used to live in Siberia and Mongolia. Nowadays they live in the mountains of Norther Thailand. They are noted for their heavy pieces of silver jewellery. Of all the Hill tribes only Green Hmong women practice the craft of making batik.
The Lisu Dance
The Lisu or the Lisaw are part of the Tibeto-Burman family of languages. Their dresses are brightly colored and decorated with colorful beads and coins. The silver decoration is very heavy and expensive. It can weigh up to two kilograms.