by Jim Goodman
|Pwo Karen girls|
|Ulo AKha family|
|Lomi Akha girl|
|ring dance at the Lisu New Year|
|Lisu girls with New Year headdresses|
Town girls are familiar with a much broader range of beauty models. They’ve been bombarded all through their formative years with the images of the world’s styles and instructed on the ingredients of attractiveness. They are offered the ability to adopt one look for today, another for tomorrow, one for the office, a different one for the big night out, one for the sober presentation, another for the festive occasion.
|making chicken feather tassels|
|Akha women dressing up i Pamee|
In traditional villages the style of the visitors is in a minority. The burden of accepting the unfamiliar is on them more than on their hosts, who are, after all, on their own turf. But just as the guests usually find it easy to behave respectfully once they discover their hosts doing so with them, they also have no real trouble adjusting to the strange new concept of beauty in the tribal world. Some adjust so well they even fall in love.
|Lahu Shehleh New Year|