Virtual Hilltribe Museum

june 2005 -
Virtual Hilltribe Museum

Virtual Hilltribe Museum , 01-06-2005

A web log from a traditional mountain hut in the north of Thailand. 360° panorama photographs show the interior of the huts of the Lahu, the Lisu and the Hmong. The makers of the Virtual Hilltribe Museum use new technology to retain the traditional culture of the mountain peoples of Thailand. Unlike most books and sites about the culture of mountain peoples, the Virtual Hilltribe Museum is made by the inhabitants themselves. Not only for outsiders, but especially for the youth of the Akha, Hmong, Karen, Lahu, Lisu and Mien. They can use the site and the accompanying discussion forum to learn and discuss about their own culture.

The website is about the language, the history, the legends and the beliefs of these peoples, who form an ethnic minority in Thailand. The first thought the world museum brings to mind is conservation, but the makers of the Virtual Hilltribe Museum do more. In critical essays, for example about the stereotype of mountain peoples reflected in television commercials, they draw a picture of their living, changing culture.

www.hilltribe.org