of Ethnic Group: Chut
(Ruc, Sach, Arem, May, Ma Lieng, Tu Vang, Pa Leng, Xe Lang, To Hung, Cha
Cu, Tac Cuc, Ymo, and Xa La Vang).
Population: About 2,400 people.
Locality: Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa Districts
of Quang Binh Province.
Customs and Habits: Though most
Chut live a sedentary life, their villages are quite separated and their
houses are temporary. Each lineage has its leader and an altar to worship
their common ancestors. Among the leaders of the lineages, those who can
win the highest prestige will be proclaimed village chief. Matrimony is
still practiced. The Chut have very simple funerals.
Culture: The Chut
language belongs to the Viet-Muong Group. The Chut have inherited a rich
folk art and culture. The folk songs are called Ka-tum and Ka-lenh,
and are very popular among many people. The ancient tales of the Chut
are diverse and have various themes. The Chut play pan-pipes and six-hole
Economy: The Chut
are primarily involved in agriculture and they practice slash and burn
cultivation. They also practice hunting, gathering, fishing, and animal
husbandry. Carpentry and basketry are another means of income generation.