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I've posted similar photo before, this is an other POV.
The photo was taken in a small house at the Vankieu Village - Quang Tri province. The granmother and her grandsons were together. The kids seemed overcome by fear of us, those strange visitors.

Addition infomation from http://www.undp.org.vn/projects/vie96010/cemma/54eg/Bru.htm

The Bru-Van Kieu have a population of more than 40,000 inhabitants. They are also called Tri, Khua and Ma-Coong. They inhabit in concentration in the mountain regions of Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

The Bru-Van Kieu live mainly on rice cultivation of burntover land and in submerged fields. Hunting, gathering and fishing supplement an important source of food. They rear cattle and poultry firstly for religious sacrifices, then for their meals. Basketry and palm mat-making are their sideline occupations.

The Bru-Van Kieu live in small houses on stilts, which are appropriate to a family including the father, the mother and unmarried children. In a village near the rivers or streams, the houses are always arranged along the current. In flat and extended terrain, the houses are arranged in more or less regular circles around a communal house. Nowadays, in certain places, they have built houses level with the ground.
he Bru-Van Kieu love arts and preserve a rich treasury of traditional arts and culture. Musical instruments are numerous: drums, castanets, knob gongs, wind instruments (including aman, ta-riem, kho-lui and pi) and string zithers (including a-chung and po-kua). Folk singing is popular, particularly cha chap (sung stories) and sim, alternative chants between young men and women. Folksongs, proverbs and old tales are quite rich.

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