Exhibition sheds lights on X’tieng ethnic culture

NDO – Around 120 objects highlighting the cultural diversity and identity of the X’tieng ethnic community are on display at an exhibition that opened at the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum on April 19.


The displayed works introduce visitors to the housing, customs, costumes, traditional crafts, folklore literature, festivals and rituals of X’tieng people in Binh Phuoc province.

They are arranged into different categories including production tools (axes, rice sickles, water buckets, mortar and pestle set); hunting tools (fishing rods, eel catching sticks); jewellery; traditional crafts (weaving looms, spinning tools, and scarves); and musical instruments (drums, gongs, and flutes).

The highlight of the exhibition are the sets of goong, chinh, and goong xon gant (different types of gongs), which are not only musical instruments but also valuable assets of the X’tieng people.

X’tieng people are one of the resident communities in Southeast Asia, mainly living in Vietnam and Cambodia. In Vietnam, the X’Tieng people live in Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, and Tay Ninh province. Binh Phuoc is home to the largest X’tieng population with nearly 100,000 people.

The exhibition is one of the activities being held to celebrate Vietnam’s Ethnic Culture Day (April 19) and the International Museum Day (May 18).