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Northern Laos.
Its time to plant the rice -- traditionally womens work. Gender roles in both farming and household activities--- Men are primarily responsible for clearing and burning swidden fields, although women may assist in clearing the smaller brush. Women plant the young rice. Both sexes weed the fields, but the women are primarily responsible for this time- consuming task. Harvest is a joint activity. In the house, women cook, care for children, husk rice, cut firewood, and haul water. Women also gather roots, shoots, and other wild vegetative products. Men weave baskets, repair farm tools, and hunt small game. Men are also more likely than women to manage household finances and engage in trade, typically selling livestock and collected forest products or scrap metal from the war in exchange for rice. During the planting season men stay in the village to look after the young children and babies. The younger of which are still breastfed and have to taken at regular intervals to the fields and their mothers for feeding, hence a constant stream of dads with babies walking over the paddy dijks.

The WS shows the women.

Tech: SLR slide film scanned and cropped. It is a bit dark but I didnt want to change it.

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