Asia Globetrotting History & Culture

Indigenous cultures | The Karen in Thailand




I met Paetai Paeira in the distant mountain village of Pukaram, Thailand. As part of the indigenous Karen community he is a bearer of century old traditions. Although the destiny of his people has not been the brightest, he hopes for a better future – for the other Karen and for his family.

The beautiful song he performs on a traditional string instrument goes along the line of “The wind can bend a single bamboo stick, but it cannot them if they are many and they stick together”.


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