Hanoi to exhibit photos of 1930s Bahnar community

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A photography exhibition titled "The Bahnar Minority in Kontum" will show at L'Espace in Hanoi September 5 to 19.


The exhibition will feature photos of the Bahnar Minority in the central highlands of Kontum, taken and selected from the work of local folk culturist Nguyen Dong Chi (1915-1984) and doctor Nguyen Kinh Thi (1899-1986).


In 1934, Prof Nguyen Dong Chi, then 21, moved with his brother Nguyen Kinh Chi to Kontum, a remote mountainous province in central Vietnam known for its ethnic minority communities. During their 10- month stay in the province, the two men spent time researching and collecting data on the Bahnar an ethnic minority living in Kontum -- and their customs.


Their research was published in Every Kontum (Hue, 1937) and is now being translated into English for a book titled The Bahnar Minority in Kontum (2011). The book will be published by the Ancient Far East Institute in collaboration with Knowledge Publisher.


The free event will be held at L'Espace center, 24 Trang Tien, on the occasion of the book's bilingual publication.


The Bahnar are an ethnic group living primarily in the Central Highland provinces of Gia Lai and Kon Tum, as well as the coastal provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen.


According to a research in 2009, there were 227,716 Bahnar people living in 51 cities and provinces in Vietnam.

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