Blang

Blang are mainly distributed in the County of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, has a population of about 92,000. Native language is a The Va-De’ang branch, Super-Khmer group of the Austro-Asiatic language family. There are two dialects, Brown and Al Wa. No writing system preserved.

Blang people mainly engaged in mountain agriculture and sidelined with gathering. The tea grown in those areas is also well known.

Traditional festivals: New Year's Day, offering cotton God, Songkan festival, The grown-up Festival, Rhizomys sacrifice gathering and Floral Festival.

Traditional food: sour fish, pickles, fried spiders, cicadas sauce, tea and wine.

Traditional song and dance: drum dance, martial arts, circle dance, and so on.

Religion: Blang people belief in animism and Theravada Buddhism. They also worship nature and ancestor.

The Museum building

The building is exact replica to the traditional residential in Menghai and Lincang region, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. It was built by local craftsmen according to the traditional construction technique and local custom. The residence is a courtyard that composed by stilt hut, melon frames, sun dam, and wooden bridge.  Crops are grown around the yard according to the local climate, The building was built in 2004 and open to the public in the same year.

The Blang Museum covers an area of 213 square meters, construction area of 122 square meters, the museum indoor and outdoor display are live settings to reveal the traditional production, lifestyle of Blang. All exhibits are collected from Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province. The time span of collections ranging from the Qing Dynasty(1616-1911) to modern times, about 200 years of history.