For a thousand years, the Akha have inhabited the hills of Burma,
Thailand, and China.
Matthew McDaniel, camera operator for THE AKHA WAY, and founder of
AKHA HERITAGE FOUNDATION (www.akha.com), is a key figure who helped
put this movie together.
In 1991, when he was 33 years old, Matthew moved from Salem, Oregon,
to Maesai in the northern state of Chiangrai in Thailand. He started
an import/export business, dealing in goods from Burma, Thailand and
China, and at that time, also began working with the Akha Hill Tribe.
In time, McDaniels expanded his involvement with the Akha to include
well-building, seeds for nutrition, and advocacy for improving their
rights and living conditions. He has since then devoted his full time
and energy to the Akha cause..
Mary Flannery, Producer Yellow Cat Productions
505 11th St.
Washington, DC 20003