The Chut People
(Ruc, Sach, Arem, May, Ma Lieng, Tu Vang, Pa Leng, Xe Lang, To
Hung, Cha Cu, Tac Cuc, Ymo and Xa La Vang) have a population of
about 2,400 people living in Minh Hoa and Tuyen Hoa Districts
of Quang Binh Province.
Though most Chut live a sedentary life, their
villages are quite separated and their houses are temporary. Each
lineage has its leader and an altar to worship their common ancestors.
Among the leaders of the lineages, those who can win the highest
prestige will be proclaimed village chief. Matrimony is still
practiced. The Chut have very simple funerals.
The Chut language belongs to the Viet-Muong
Group. The Chut have inherited a rich folk art and culture. The
folk songs are called Ka-tum and Ka-lenh, and are very popular
among many people. The ancient tales of the Chut are diverse and
have various themes. The Chut play pan-pipes and six-hole flutes.
The Chut are primarily involved in agriculture
and they practice slash and burn cultivation. They also practice
hunting, gathering, fishing, and animal husbandry. Carpentry and
basketry are another means of income generation.