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The Ahka Way


"The Akha Way is like a road... leading back to the past where the ancestors dwell... and forward into an uncertain future."

For a thousand years, the Akha people have inhabited the hills of Asia--mainly Southern China, Burma and Northern Thailand. The Akha Way, or Akhazaunh, is the code by which they live. This documentary describes their origins and their culture. It contains extraordinary footage of a shaman healing ceremony; a funeral, with the ritual sacrifice of a water buffalo; the reading of a pig's liver after a new house is built.

Now the Akha Way is in danger of vanishing. The program shows how forced migration, Christianity, money, and drugs are eroding the cultural heritage of the Akha tribe.