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Montagnards: From Vietnam’s Central Highlands to North Carolina’s Piedmont

North Carolina is home to the largest number of Montagnard people outside Southeast Asia. Their name comes from the French word for “mountain people.” For centuries, the Montagnards lived in relative seclusion in the central highlands of Vietnam, a completely different culture from the Vietnamese people living in the lowlands. During the Vietnam War, they fought side by side with US Special Forces troops and proved to be loyal allies.

Who are they? What was their way of life like in Vietnam? And how did they come to North Carolina? Explore cultural artifacts from Vietnam, and learn how this resilient people escaped oppression and emerged as a new community in our state.

Contact: Jeanne Marie Warzeski (