SURVEYING AND EXPLORING IN SIAM.
the right bank of the Nam Kawng, but in the interval they had bee11 swarming down.
One of their tribes, which I was not fortunate enough to me has the reputation of extreme shyness, and is distinguished also ; the remarkable arrangement of their womena s hair. The great eve in the life of a girl is the plastering of her head all over with wax, a covering which is allowed to remain for several years, relieve the irritation of the skin which may be induced by tins other causes, the girl is supplied with silver needles set on thim adjusted to the fingers.
Of all the hill-tribes, the Yao are in every way the finest. x ' have clever silversmiths and metal-workers, and the axes they out would compare favourably in shape and finish with an Am^11 ^ axe; while their method of cultivation is more thorough than ^ the neighbouring tribes. The women have an elaborate head-g well protecting them from the sun, and their embroidery wA r beautiful.
The Yao seem to be peaceful, hard-working Chinamen from hill country of Kwang Tung. They consist of twelve tribes-Li, Lao Pong, Lao Chao, Lao Tuen, Sin Pan, Sin Pung, Sin ^ Chao, Sin Chang, Sin Tuen, Sin Tu, Sin Lung. To these shA u