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Some of the Ede hill tribe children from the village of MíLien. It was a nice day in early March and the children were playing around the village after school had ended for the day. As usual they were not camera shy and let themselves being photographed.

MíLien is a small village off the beaten track. You cannot get there by coach (look at the bridge in the versions I uploaded yesterday) so it has not been spoiled by tourism. The people live according to their ancient culture, religion and rituals. But how long will they be able to maintain their way of life? Already the traditional dress is no longer worn on a day to day basis but only for ceremonies.

Iím quite sure you will not be able to resist these children. Thank you for your comments.

Have a nice day,


Tags: Photo journalism Children Vietnam Central highlands Landscape and travel Portraits and people Lak lake Dak lak province Ede hill tribe Mlien village

Voters: JudeC, Angi_Wallace, wasper and 48 more

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JudeC 12 6 3 England
29 Apr 2008 9:29AM
Hi - lovely couple of images - Jude.

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lonely_oryx 12 61 55 England
29 Apr 2008 9:51AM
Lovely images
Artois 13 405 1 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 9:52AM
Great series
Nettles 12 England
29 Apr 2008 9:59AM
Wonderful set of shots, lovely faces.
crookymonsta Plus
11 842 10 England
29 Apr 2008 10:19AM
Another great series - my favourite is #9. Sandra
AlanBW 13 20 England
29 Apr 2008 10:23AM
Marvellous sequence of delightful faces, V2 stands out for me
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
29 Apr 2008 10:27AM
Good captures and also I like #9 the best, I guess you are right regarding the future

Cormy 12 3 England
29 Apr 2008 10:28AM
Some crackers here JNC.I like 1 and 4 the best.
dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 10:39AM
These are superb Jean..all of them. I have looked at them twice already. Wonderful colour and so many beautiful smiles.
29 Apr 2008 10:54AM
nice set of portraits
DolphinLady 13 54 1 Wales
29 Apr 2008 11:25AM
These are wonderful JeanNoel...the faces of innocence.
They are all fantastic.
GregorP 14 4 Slovenia
29 Apr 2008 11:27AM
Wow! Awesome portrait shots!

luxaeternam 12 21 1
29 Apr 2008 11:42AM
Lovely varied set.
Smile Lucy
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 12:36PM
All beautiful, but I particularly like V6 & V7. There's something universal about them.
Richsr 12 91 223 England
29 Apr 2008 12:49PM
Like the great expression you have captured.
Regards Richard.
microchip 12 1 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2008 1:23PM
A superb set of potrait shots No.1 & No.4 are excellent,
proz 15 205 United States
29 Apr 2008 2:06PM
fantastic series, nothing beats the happy faces of kids
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
29 Apr 2008 2:06PM
All lovely shots, difficult to choose a favourite.
29 Apr 2008 2:19PM
Wonderful JeanNeol, well done.

TyChee 14 275 1 United States
29 Apr 2008 3:46PM
All wonderful shots. You have captured the happy spirits of these children so well.
29 Apr 2008 4:59PM
Excellent 9 very good shots.
User_Removed 13 16 England
29 Apr 2008 5:13PM
Nice candids; lovely happy faces
whiteswan01 11 13 England
29 Apr 2008 5:26PM
Very nice shots first girl look sollom well done
kanu 11 India
29 Apr 2008 5:49PM
Very good portraits, I liked no. 1 and no. 6 more
pascalg Plus
12 37 France
29 Apr 2008 6:34PM
#5 for me Smile
robway 14 318 Wales
29 Apr 2008 6:47PM
Superb portraits of these childred, beautifully captured.
challicew 11 1 1 South Africa
29 Apr 2008 6:52PM
They are all brilliant photographs because children are all so beautiful, thanks so much for sharing your experience
piccy 13 8 Wales
29 Apr 2008 7:52PM
Lovely happy smiling faces. Sorry for not commenting much lately.
29 Apr 2008 8:02PM
Very glad you fell for those kids. They' re all so beautiful.
It's fun to know which one you like best and to read the comments.
29 Apr 2008 8:19PM
Great set of images,love them all.

taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
29 Apr 2008 9:24PM
This is a wonderful collection of SMILES!

derekv 12 3 England
29 Apr 2008 10:23PM
Superb shots, all delightful children, as Jennnn says, wonderful collection of smiles.
Hop-A-Long 12 52 1 England
29 Apr 2008 10:58PM
Another excellent set of images.
30 Apr 2008 12:53AM
Amazing shots, JN. Love 1 & 8 a lot.
GrahamBaines 12 39 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 8:04AM
Excellent series.

brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2008 6:03PM
I love all these shots Jean Noel, they are so full of life and hope!
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
10 May 2008 7:27PM
A charming set of child portraits, I like the happy expressions you've captured

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