montgnard / hmong / tribal

updated 17/11/2014

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montagnard made and carried mace 

documented , yard special forces item, special forces mac v sog vet traded a boonie hat to one of his yards for this after he saw the yard swinging it around in camp .

most unique weapon I have from the war , the item on the end is a elephant vertebra

see the documentation letter in the special forces MAC V SOG section 

extremely rare item

this is one of my favorite items 

this is the war time flag of the montgnard and ethic tribal people of Vietnam.  this is only one of two know brought back, this is not new and was brought back by a special forces advisor to the yards.  the yards attached to mac v sog carried a walk on water card with this flag on the opposite side of there name , rank , and id . this item came from Jason hardy at the dog tag 

flag is made of heavy material the center is machine embroidered

 

close up of elephant 

THERE IS ONLY ONE OTHER OF THESE THAT I KNOW OF IN THE US .

 

 

match pair of Hmong pistols 

i have  several sets of these , brought back by a cia agent and some special forces vets with white star . the work is ok , great for tribal made in the jungle . these were made as presentation pieces . i would think since I have several sets . the powder horn is leather , rare item , and is in very good condition .. 

 

 

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this is my montgnard , Hmong , and tribal items brought back during the Vietnam war . many of the Hmong Items came home in the early 60' from Laos , brought home by a CIA operative during the white star period .

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the most unusual items are the original musical instruments and the iron wood carved montgnard funeral figure, extremely rare and very difficult to bring back to this country. 

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more of my items, if you have any questions or would like to ask a question on these items please do contact me .

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Hmong and montgnard items, a very nice wedding hat 

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someone very nice original hand made jewelry , a opium knife , hand made percussion pistols , pipes , and a Buddhist prayer book .

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some real montagnard swords , Hmong shoes , Buddhist robes. yard hand made cloth, I have found for myself that the tribal arts are the most interesting items from the war era. I will try to picture each item later this year and describe it fully for the folks that enjoy the tribal people of south east Asia 

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out standing original yard bring back

came with letter from SF vet , early 1900's monkey gun 

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original belt and powder horns , and pouches with the flint and shot 

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more pictures of the original belt and powder holders  

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extremely rare Hmong Rain drum ,drum was bought back in 1961 , CIA operative with hot foot and white star in Laos .

 

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drum was made in late 1800's or early 1900's 

this is a large drum 3' x 3' all bronze hand made by the Hmong tribe in Laos 

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Hmong and montagnard display all original bring backs during the second vietnam war 

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documented special forces bring back 

hand made yard necklace with hand made beads 

 

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documented special forces bring back , mac v sog vet , picture is of him in country 

montagnard lion cloth 

 

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documented special forces bring back , carried and used in the war montagnard knife 

 

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original vietnam yard made knife and sheath 

 

 

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2 original yard knives 

 

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original Laotian Hmong ceremonial presentation rifles . presented to a us colonel  , attached to the cia , air America , Long cheng secret air base in Laos. , this base is to this day off limits to all visitors to Laos , 

 

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pair are matched , one left and one right so when displayed they have the action out towards the viewing surface . there were a set of pistols that came home with these , due to a divorce the pistols were separated from the rifles , I have several of these but none with the amount of work that these have and the chrome barrels are very rare.

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close up of the action , I was informed that guns in Laos were made in the jungle in a secret place , I have several of the monkey guns, several people from Laos have written me about the guns, they told me not only were they made in a secret jungle shop but no one new the men who made them . 

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1961 Hmong Doll 

doll was brought back in 1961 by a CIA operative from Laos . this is the only Hmong doll I have ever found , most dolls brought back were Vietnamese dolls

 

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extremely rare Mongnard loin cloth or blanket 

cloth was a gift to a special forces captain who worked with the montagnard villages during the war . this is an original piece .

 

 

2 very unique yard knives brought back by Joe W Hill 

Items were a gift from the montagnard tribe for his medical care for the tribe

The knife is a well-made original yard knife with a bone handle, sheath is wood. The Mak is tool made by the yards for clearing woods and as a weapon

JOE W HILL

163rd avn. co. 101st ABN Div Air ASLT

Vietnam 21st Nov 1963 to 3 Nov 1964

4 Oct. 1967 to 31 Jan 1968

Served 20 years and retired a CWO3 . Started out as enlisted in infantry in 1954 , trained as medic ,moved up to special forces and then on to graduate flight school for helicopters. Served 2 tours in Vietnam received 3 purple heart commendations , 1st was for a punji pit injury and 2nd for being shot down by a sniper while flying helicopter during a rescue mission in 1963. Sniper shot out his left shoulder but Joe managed to crash land the helicopter safely with no casualties . He recovered enough motion in his shoulder to be recertified and resumed flying and was transferred to the canal zone , retired in 1977

Joe W Hill received , The Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with V device , Combat Medic Badge, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 campaign stars , Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal with 60 device . national defense medal and many others

   

 

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A VERY SPECIAL GROUP OF ITEMS FROM A PERSON THAT WAS IN LAOS IN THE 1960'S . ALL ITEMS ARE FROM SAME PERSON THAT BROUGHT THEM BACK.. HE STATED TO ME THAT HE WAS IN LAOS BUT HE COULD NOT TELL ME WHAT HE DID THERE. THEY ARE ALL VERY ORIGINAL GUNS , WITH POWDER HORNS AND SHOT POUCH'S  THE ONE LOOKS TO BE A SHOT GUN , THE TOP ONE IS THE LONGEST BARREL I HAVE EVER SEEN . THE PICTURES ARE FROM THE SAME PERSON AND WERE TAKEN  DURING HIS TIME IN LAOS / THESE ITEMS ARE TRULY A TREASURE FROM THE PERIOD AND I AM THRILLED TO HAVE THEM IN MY SOUTH EAST ASIA HILL TRIBE COLLECTION .  THANK YOU BOB . 

 

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