LAO HILL TRIBES: Traditions and Patterns of Existence, by Stephen Mansfield. Images of Asia: Oxford University Press, 2000. 120 pp., 21 color plates, 24 monochrome, unpriced.

In a sense, Laos remains closer to a conglomeration of tribes than it does to a conventional state composed of a unified people. It is for this reason that the Laotian government is intent on making the upland tribes aware of themselves as part of a nation, to transfer their allegiances from the villages to the nation.

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