By Hugo Adolf Bernatzik
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Who, as the most recent arrivals from the north, are gradually occupying the settlement-free space in the peaks of the mountains. They are the Tibeto-Burman Lahu and Lisu and the Siamo- Chinese Miao and Y ad'(4). . 4. Credner. IV. p. 147. Von Eickstedt (5) writes: "The Chinoisants (among whom be includes the Meau, note by Dr. Bematzik) are the masters on- of the mountains and are spreading. The Monkhmer Ka Khmer Kha/ live on the wooded slopes, but are shot off by the Chinoisants and pushed aside by the Lao.
However, they would not have reached the island in the course of a natural migration, but would have been settled there forcibly by the Qlinese. In accordance with geographical and population-political possibilities, the migratory movement necessarily always proceeded from the north to the south and has not yet ceased even today. A great number of Meau, perhaps even the larger half. were forced by the most severe political pressure to give up their allegiance to tribal customs and, with the loss of their cultural and ethnic identity, have been absorbed by the neighboring tribes.
In Tonkin the limits of expansion which they have reached thus far by following the various mountain ridges are given by Von Eickstedt as the northern and northwestern boundary up to the Annamese Cordillera. At any rate -- as has already been mentioned -- all the Meau are rapidly advancing toward the south. J. McCarthy (3) reported in 1902 that in 1886 the Meau 3. Pages 83 ff. had not yet crossed the left bank of the Mekong, but in 1894 they had already settled on the heights of the right bank.
Akha and Miao: Problems of Applied Ethnography in Farther India by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik