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A poor village with long-legged women, and men

A poor village with long-legged women, and men

Sunday, September 01, 2013, 13:04 GMT+7

Stilts are an indispensable item in Jun village, Yang Bac commune, Dak Po district in the central highlands province of Gia Lai.

“In the old days, villagers went across streams and swamps formed in the rainy season using walking stilts. Now, stiltwalkers are seen in competitions and festivals. Stilt is a traditional character of the Ba Na ethnic people that villagers could not forget,” Cho Ron, patriarch of Jun village, said.

“All villagers know how to use stilts. But even the oldest people in the village don’t know when stilts were first used,” he added.

Local children in Jun village gather together to play football using stilts every afternoon.
Local children in Jun village gather together to play football using stilts every afternoon.
Dinh Lek, the best stilt performer in the village, teaches children how to use stilts.
Dinh Lek, the best stilt performer in the village, teaches children how to use stilts.
Dinh Blin, 23, dressed in a red T-shirt, teaches boys how to move on stilts on a sugar cane field.
Dinh Blin, 23, dressed in a red T-shirt, teaches boys how to move on stilts on a sugar cane field.
Dinh Bol, 48, gets across a muddy road using stilts.
Dinh Bol, 48, gets across a muddy road using stilts.
Dinh Lek and the Jun village patriarch Cho Ron make bamboo stilts.
Dinh Lek and the Jun village patriarch Cho Ron make bamboo stilts.
Local girl Dinh Thi Ploi walks on stilts to hang out the washing.
Local girl Dinh Thi Ploi walks on stilts to hang out the washing.
Two little boys Dinh Buon (R) and Dinh Tiep bring stilts to an empty land in the village where they practice walking on stilts.
Two little boys Dinh Buon (R) and Dinh Tiep bring stilts to an empty land in the village where they practice walking on stilts.
Little stiltwalkers seen at a rice field.
Little stiltwalkers seen at a rice field.
Stilt performers seen at a traditional festival.
Stilt performers seen at a traditional festival.

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