The Rawang people are an ethnic group who inhabit far northern Kachin State of Burma (Myanmar) and speak the Rawang language. Myanmar is home to an estimated 65,000 Rawang, most of whom live in the Putao Valley.[1]

According to cultural research and their own oral traditions, the Nung-Rawang are most likely descendants of Mongolians who moved south to China's Three Parallel Rivers region. During the second millennium, the Nung-Rawang migrated southwest into northern Burma, seeking fertile farmland and settling in some of the country's most remote valleys. They are related to the Derung people who live across the border in China.[1]

During the British colonial period, their very existence was thought to be a myth, as incoherent reports of "pygmy tribes" in the mountains of northern Burma surfaced from time to time. The Drung, a sub tribe of the Nung-Rawang, are short in stature and known for their crossbow hunting skills.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Wang, Ann (8 June 2016). "The Rawang and their land". Frontier Myanmar. Retrieved 13 November 2023.