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This chapter discusses the experience of the authors in Mijis long houses in Khelong, Nijung and Lapousa villages. It talks about the religions followed by the people and the architecture of the houses in the region. The chapter relates the meeting of the authors with local official and Miji man in traditional dress. Mijis build both longhouses for extended families and smaller ones for nuclear families. The standard pattern is a rectangular shape built on a raised platform. Materials used are wood and bamboo, and thatch for the ridged roof. Recent changes are a separate sleeping room for eldest couple and a storage room, both at the side of the house. The Miji man wore a white tunic, a red scarf around his waist, necklaces of yellow and red beads on his neck and on his head a brimless cane hat with a triangular decoration of plaited bamboo.

Keywords: bamboo; Khelong; Lapousa; Mijis long houses; Nijung



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