Originally from Southern China, Hmong villages are located in the mountains and hills in Northern Laos. They are essentially an agrarian people group. Rice is harvested during the rainy season, whereas during the dry season, corn, garlic and other groundnuts are cultivated. They used to produce opium, though nowadays, local authorities prohibit this activity.
Hmong houses are made of wood and thatch, and rest directly on the ground. Hmong people are particularly proud of wearing their traditional clothes especially during major events such as the Hmong New Year’s Eve. Listed in four groups, they each wear a distinct color code of dress.
Hmong people are animist and venerate their ancestors’ spirits. Hmong shamans (priests) communicate with spirits via prayers and songs. The goal is to guarantee harmony inside the community.
The Kamu people, part of the Mon-Khmer language family, generally live in the mountains and high hills. They were historically the first inhabitants of Laos before they were chased out and forced to create small communities in remote areas.
They are dependent on agriculture, fishery and hunting, not unlike like Hmong people. Kamu people are also animist and the shaman is the key member of the community.
A stop is made in one of the villages where the school is sponsored by Shompoo Cruise. 2% of the benefits are already distributed directly for the maintenance and purchase of materials for the school, but the guests can also give a cash donation, or a gift in kind (textbooks, books, pens, games…) , on-site. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.