The Dan Lai

Mixing industriousness and relaxation

The Dan Lai ethnic group is one of the many ethnic minorities in Vietnam, currently living only at some points in the mountainous district of Con Cuong, Nghe An province. Influenced by ancestral heritage, the community moved from the plains to the upper reaches of the Giang River deep in Pu Mat National Park. The community has a population of approximately 3000 people.

A trait significant to the Dan Lai cultural system is to sleep for extended period of time. The community reasons that through extended periods of sleep, the people escape from the hunt of enemies or wildlife in the mountains. However, the Dan Lai people engage in continuous work, forming an industrious lifestyle.