A series of photographs by Nguyen Ngoc Thai depict the childhood of ethnic minority children in Central Highlands province Kon Tum.
Thai, also known as Thai Bana, has spent many years capturing portraits of locals and the beauty of traditional activities around communal houses in Kon Tum.
The Central Highlands is home to 6.5 million people, with ethnic minorities accounting for 45 percent of the region’s population, including the Bahnar, Jrai, Ede, and Sedang. Many children are still trapped in stark poverty and suffer from poor access to education.
Thai Ba Na said he has had a passion for photography since 2015 and after experiencing various types, chose his own path to portray daily life in the Central Highlands.
Communal houses (rong in Vietnamese) on stilts with their distinct high, tapering roofs are built using natural materials like wood, bamboo and leaves. The communal house is the heart of a village
Since 2015, the author has traveled around Dak Ha and Kon Tum villages taking over 300 photos of ethnic minority people, from village elders to children.