This tribe is known by the Thais as "Phi Tong Luang", which means "spirits
yellow leaves". There are only a few Mlabri still living in Thailand, just
100 people. They can be found in the provinces of Nan and Phrae.
The Mlabri originate from Laos. These people are fragmented into extremely
small, highly nomadic, family bands.
They used to rely almost exclusively on huntiing and gathering. By custom it is
not allowed to own rice fields but they can work as labourers in the fields such
as the Thais.
Mlabri practise patrilineal descent. The basic unit of their social
the band, consisting of three to a dozen members.
They used to move their campsitees every week depending on the availability
of their natural food supply.
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