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The grand Lisu New Year celebrations, held at each village, go on for three days. At each house, the dancers form a circle around the sacred New Years tree and do simple steps to accompanying music from a kind of three-stringed banjo.

For the dignified Lisu girls, this is their yearly chance to attract the eyes of their future husbands. Their long pastel dresses worn over pants, and black turbans with silver accessories are fashionable. These photos were taken at Kyaing Tong region, Kong Kang Village, which means "crossbow".

The Lisu tribes' villages are located in Yunnan Province of China, and in the Kachin and Shan States of Myanmar. Only since about 100 years ago, some Lisus have migrated to Thailand. There are also a few in northeastern India. Most of the 800,000 Lisus have surnames as Chinese do, and their culture is obviously influenced by the Chinese. Unlike most of the ethnic tribal houses which are built on stilts, the houses in Kong Kang Village south from Kyaing Tong are of mud-bamboo walls, thatch-roofed, with earthen floor.