S'gaw people

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The S'gaw, also known as Skaw, S'gaw, S'gau, White Karen,[1] Paganyaw, Pgaz Cgauz and Pakayo,[2][better source needed] are an ethnic group of Burma and Thailand.[3] They speak the S'gaw Karen language.[4]

The S'gaw are a subgroup of the Karen (Kayin) people. They are also referred to by the exonym "White Karen", a term dating from colonial times and used in contrast to the Karenni (or "Red Karen") and the Pa'O (or "Black Karen"), even though the latter often rejected the term "Karen" to refer to themselves.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Sir George Scott. Among the Hill Tribes of Burma – An Ethnological Thicket. National Geographic Magazine, 1922, p. 293
  2. ^ Land Use and Sustainability in the Highlands of Northern Thailand
  3. ^ Hilltribes in Thailand
  4. ^ Ethnologue - Karen, S’gaw