Songs of Memory Book & Flashdrive

Traditional Music of the Golden Triangle


Songs of Memory (Book and Flash Drive) offers readers and listeners an absorbing multi-sensory experience to explore the ancestral music, ceremonies, and culture of the mountain peoples of Southeast Asia - the Karen, Hmong, Iu Mien, Lahu, Akha, and Lisu. Vivid accounts of musicians, spirit intermediaries, ritual specialists, headmen, wise elders, craftsmen, and villagers are brought to life by over 800 color photographs and dynamic recordings of sacred and secular music.

High in the mountains of the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar once knew no boundaries, lives a rich multiplicity of traditional peoples. Prominent among them are the Karen, Hmong, Iu Mien, Lahu, Akha, and Lisu, six distinct groups who have maintained their independence, identity, and worldview to a high degree.

Songs of Memory (Book and Flash Drive), in a newly released edition (2022), explores the cultural and musical foundation of each of these groups and the vital role music has played throughout the centuries. Expanded to include recently uncovered vanishing musical instruments and practices, richly illustrated with over 800 photographs, and accompanied by recordings of musicians and ceremonies rarely witnessed, this work highlights the vast range of celebratory songs, sacred chants, and instrumental music that chart the arc of life, the cycles of seasons, and the wheel of generations.

  • 248 pages
  • over 800 photographs
  • 78 minutes of music on flash drive
  • 27.6 x 23.3 cm