U Lo-Akha boys at the gate to a village up in the hills around Chiang
Rai in Northern Thailand. Behind the boys to the left is the gate
and to the right is the swing. They are singing a welcome accompanied
by an old playing his gourd and bamboo pipes. The gates to the village
are very important to the Akha and are deemed sacred. The gates are usually
on the path at the highest part of the village and are renewed each year.
There is an annual swing festival in which the boys of the village take