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"Lo Lo Den" Tribe dwarf woman in traditional costume (Bảo Lạc, Vietnam)

I often noticed dwarfs in the tribe population, I supposed that it is caused by genetic abnomalities as the result of frequent intermarriage (marriage between a relatively small number of families).­

Route cầu, Bảo Lạc, Bao Lac District, Cao Bang province, Vietnam

Photos of people from the "Lo Lo Den" (Black Lo Lo) Tribe (Vietnam).­

Thanks to Pamela A Cross from www.­tribaltextiles.­info for her help in identifying this tribe.­

The "Lo Lo" ethnic group's population was about 3,200 in 1989, according Vietnam's official survey data.­

They reside in Cao-Bang, Ha-Giang and Lao-Cai provinces, largely in the districts of Bao-Lac (Cao-Bang), Dong-Van and Meo-Vac (Ha-Giang), and Muong-Khuong (Lao-Cai).­ Like some other ethnoses in northern Viet Nam, the "Lo-Lo" have had their origin in southern China regions such as Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, who, according to historians and ethnologists, had established the Nam-Chien state by the end of the first millennium.­

You can find more information about the "Lo Lo" tribe on the "Vets with a Mission" website: www.­vwam.­com/­vets/­tribes/­lolo.­html

Photos from of my 30-day trip around Vietnam in November 2005.­

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction in Vietnam.

- Spaying a piglet.