Yao hill tribe red and gold dress collar
24″ x 24″
The Yao nationality is a classification for various minorities in China who form one of the 55 ethnic minority groups officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China. Predominantly residing in the mountainous terrain of the southwest and south, the origins of the Yao can be traced back 2,000 years ago starting in Hunan Province.
During the Laotian Civil War, 1953-1975, Yao tribes of Laos had a good relationship with U.S. forces and were dubbed to be an “efficient friendly force”. They fought in favor of government against the communists, a relationship that caused the new communist Laotian government to target Yao tribal groups for revenge once the war was over. This triggered further immigration into Thailand, where the tribes would be put into camps along the Thailand-Laos border.
After obtaining refugee status from the Thai government and with the help of the United Nations, many Yao people were able to obtain sponsorship into the United States, although many remain in Thailand.