THE DAO MAN

Dao territory is made up of rice terraces and is listed as a natural national heritage. It’s absolutely breathtaking and a testament to Dao ingenuity in the grip of this hostile environment which is made up of deep valleys and mountains.

In September 2015, I was driving back to my hotel in Quản Bạ, when I caught a glimpse of a lady with an unfamiliar costume. When I asked her which ethnic group she belongs to, she answered “the Dao Mán”, Man being the name given by the French. That name was new to me so, intrigued, I asked if I could follow her to her village. After riding down 3 km of rocky road, we arrived in the pouring rain. I was  wondering how I would make it back up when I realised that almost everyone around me was wearing the traditional costume. It is now one of my favourite, and I feel grateful that I had this opportunity to capture this young girl’s portrait wearing it. Information about the Dao Mán is hard to come by, so I consider myself very lucky to have met this tiny sub-group.

 

Population

751 067 people (total of the Dao) (Census 2009)

Location

Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Cao Bang, Lang son ...

Arrival

From China in the 12th, 13th and 20th Century
 
THE PU PEO
THE PA THEN
THE KHO MU
THE PHU LA
THE LO LO
THE BRAU
THE CHO RO
THE M’NÔNG
THE EDE
THE CHAM