A camera-shy young Hmong hill tribe girl.
The distinctive cylindrical black hat and indigo dyed clothing identify her as Black Hmong, one of a half-dozen Hmong subgroups. Hmong folklore tells that during the time when the Hmong were enslaved by the Chinese they were forced to wear large circular locks around their necks for identification. The silver or tin necklaces they wear today are a remembrance of those times of hardship.