of Ethnic Group: Co (Cor, Col, Cua and Trau).
Population: More than 22,600 people.
Locality: Tra My District
of Quang Nam-Da Nang Province and Tra Bong District of Quang Ngai Province.
Customs and Habits: The Co believe that all things have
souls, and they worship the souls of rice grains. In former days, the
Co lived in long houses built on stilts. Recently, the Co have built
shorter houses that are level with the ground. The village chief
is chosen on the basis of knowledge, experience in production, behavior,
and the trust of villagers. In the past, no Co lineage had an individual
name; they all took the family name of Dinh. Now, they have taken the
family name of Ho, after President Ho Chi Minh.
Culture: The Co language belongs to the Mon-Khmer Group.
The Co like to sing, dance, beat drums, and gongs. Folksongs such as
the Xru, Klu and Agioi are very popular.
Costumes: Men leave their upper torsos naked
and cover their lower torsos with loincloths. Women wear a skirt, bra
and shirt with short sleeves. Women often tie colourful beaded strings
around their waists. In winter, they cover themselves with blankets.
Economy: The Co live mainly from slash-and-burn
agriculture. They grow rice, maize, cassava, cinnamon, and other plants.