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VIETNAM #179

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Here is the lovely smile of a 111 years lady.

She was born around 1902, no-one knows for sure as there were no written records of births in remote villages in the middle of the jungle at that time.

When the French settled in the area around 1930 to start tea plantations, they cut down lots of trees. Later, American spraying of defoliants destroyed a lot of the tropical forests during the Vietnam War. Today, there is not much jungle left.

This lady is the last Chau Ma hill tribe living person of her generation in the Loc Tan area. She only speaks the language of her tribe. Members of her family translated what she was saying into Vietnamese and my friend told me in English what she said.

As a child, she’s been working in the fields helping her parents. She came to the village (see previous uploads) when she got married. She worked in the fields and looked after the animals.

She is leaving in a small house with her family. Four generations live under the same roof. The youngest is a 3 months old baby.


A huge THANK YOU to Jennnnnn (taggart) for her User Award for this photo.

Tags: Vietnam Central highlands Landscape and travel Lam dong province Chau ma hill tribe Bao Loc Loc Tan Bao Lâm

Voters: zapar40, Glostopcat, Philip_H and 35 more

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Comments


Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
10 Dec 2013 6:12PM
A terrific character portrait Jean Noel, she looks remarkably well for her age

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NDODS Plus
8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2013 7:07PM
A quite superb portrait...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
ali63 7 778 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2013 7:09PM
A great image,

Ali
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
10 Dec 2013 7:22PM
Top Class Jean-Noel.
Joan.
10 Dec 2013 7:52PM
A great portrait.
Effrossini
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
10 Dec 2013 8:16PM
A wonderful portrait of this lady--
and she looks so happy!
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
10 Dec 2013 10:12PM
Wonderful portrait Jean- Noel. This old lady has certainly lived a full life.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinSadGrinGrin
Ron
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
10 Dec 2013 10:58PM
Fascinating story and portrait Smile
ukgubbi 7 5 India
11 Dec 2013 1:22PM
Very enchanting portrait of a 111 year old lady. What is the secret of her longevity? no doubt her it is her smile. Wish her many more birhtdays.
termite53 6 8 United Kingdom
11 Dec 2013 3:47PM
Superb portrait, love it
11 Dec 2013 4:19PM
A lady who has seen and experienced so much in her beautiful country.
I wonder what she is thinking.
A first class portrait, Jean-Noel.

Richard

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