Lutuv People or Lutuv Ethnic
1. Lutuv People in the World
CAD has started its first project of rural development in Lutuv area which is composed of 18 villages in Thang Tlang township, Hakha township and Matupi township in the central part of Chin state, Myanmar. As we have been spearheading our development programs in Chin state, many thousands of our project beneficiaries from the below villages reported us that they are Lutuv people not Lautu people and they requested us to call and register them in our CAD records as Lutuv tribe.
2. Names of (18) villages are as follows;
|No||Vilage Names registered in Government||Village Names known in Lutuv Language|
|6||Tisen (A)||Tuise Khyhlung|
|7||Tisen (B)||Tuise Khythaa|
|9||Thang Aw||Thaw Aw|
|12||Hriangpi (A)||Hepuv Khyhlung|
|13||Hriangpi (B)||Hepuv Khythaa|
Due to lack of educated people in our tribe till 1990, government officers and their interpreters of non-Lutuv people, as they could not try to pronounce the right pronunciation of our tribal name, they wrote our tribal name as LAUTU or Lawhtu in their books. Due to disrespect of our indigenous identity, our wrong name is gazetted as LAUTU or Lawhtu in the lists of national ethnics under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Union Ministry of Population and in many thousands of books too.
3. Our originality
Lutuv also known as Lawtu or Lautu people are a tribal indigenous people inheriting a mountainous region in Chin State, Myanmar. The Lautu people are initially known as the ‘Lawtus’ of central independent villages in Myanmar. The origin of Lutuv (Lautu) tribe was rooted in Tisen village approximately A.D 1450. Tisen village is located at about 55 kilometers from Hakha, the capital city of Chin state. The majority of Lutuv people are still today living around in (18 villages); 7 villages in Thantlang township, 9 villages in Rezua township, 1 village in Hakha township in the central part of Chin state. Lutuv villages in three townships are well known as “Lutuv region” which borders with India. Furthermore, due to poverty and marginalization of previous consecutive Myanmar government, thousands of Lutuv people are migrating to different part of Myanmar to around the world, especially to Europe, United States of America, Australia, India and to Malaysia since 1990.
4. Our Culture
We have our own distinct culture inherited from our grandfathers. Some of famous Lutuv cultural dances till today are Aaduedue Vuo Ie Cicuo Pakha Ne; Akhawpa Hla A Phasa Ne; Thiyluo Luo, Innkie Luo and other songs and dances.
5. Fr. Andre Bareigts is our Lutuv Literature Patron.
Lutuv people had no literature till 1959. By Divine Providence, Fr. Andre Bariegts (above picture), who was French Catholic Missionary Priests, arrived to Hnaring village which is the largest village in (18) villages of the region in October 25, 1959. While he was learning local languages, he was also touring villages (villages in Lutuv area, Zotung area, Mara area and Matu area) in the central part of Chin state, preaching the gospel of Christ, seedling Catholic Church and helping the needy in medicine and social issues to our Chin people. Then after having well-discernment and research, he created Lutuv literature based on Latin vowels and alphabets.
From 1959 onwards, Hnaring Catholic Parish has been publishing religious articles, prayers, hymnals, Gospel, gospel songs and other books in Lutuv language. He, with all foreign missionaries and companies, was forced to leave from Myanmar/Burma by General Ne Win, the president of Myanmar Socialist Government. He finally with sadness, left Hnaring village on 2nd April 1966 to Yangon and to Paris, his country (France) on 28th April 1966 from Yangon. We all are always grateful to him for his tireless zeal on his missionary works, on his social services and on our literature.