Originally Posted by Threetango
That was in Vietnam. The Montagnards were the indigenous people there and the Vietnamese hated them but we loved them because they knew the jungle like the back of their hand.
The drinking of the rice wine was part of the ceremony to join the tribe.
Here's what their villages looked like.
The Montagnards got hosed pretty badly when our government bailed on S. Vietnam in the mid 70's, a lot of them were killed when N.Vietnam took over, some did get out and some made it to America thanks to the efforts of American soldiers that served with them.
“Somebody has to speak for these people. Y'all got on this boat for different reasons, but y'all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this—they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They'll swing back to the belief that they can make people...better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave.” Mal Reynolds Serenity/Firefly