This performance was done in appreciation to Big Brother Mouse, a literacy project that had visited the school that day with books and interactive educational activities.There is debate about usage of this term, especially amongst Hmong living in the West, as it is believed by some to be derogatory, although Hmong living in China still call themselves by this name.

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Hmong high school students perform a traditional dance at a high school on the outskirts of Vientiane, Laos.

Many Hmong families are moving into lowland villages, and are becoming more integrated into Lao life but still retain a strong sense of their own culture and heritage.

The bride price is compensation for the new family taking the other family's daughter, as the girl's parents are now short one person to help with chores (the price of the girl can vary based on her value or on the parents).

The elders of both families negotiate the amount prior to the engagement and is usually paid in bars of silver or livestock. The usual price of a Hmong bride today in America would just depend on the parents or the value of the bride up to $10,000 USD but the maximum set by leading clan leaders is $5,000 USD.

Clan membership is inherited upon birth or occasionally through adoption.

All children are members of the father’s clan, through which they will trace their ancestors.Traditionally, when a boy wants to marry a girl, he will make his intentions clear, and will "zij" ("snatch")(nowadays, snatch girl is not popular and it's illegal) her during day light or night at any opportunity that is appropriate. Before "zij" her, the boy must first give a gift to the girl whom he wants to marry.After a couple of days, the boy can then "zij" the girl.Hmong history has been passed down through legends and ritual ceremonies from one generation to another as well as through Hmong textile art or story cloths sewn by the women.Throughout recorded history, the Hmong have remained identifiable as Hmong because they have maintained their own language, customs, and ways of life while adopting the ways of the country in which they live.The girl is not allowed to visit anyone's house for three days after this.