Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with over fifty distinct groups (54 are recognized by the Vietnamese government), each with its own language, lifestyle, and cultural heritage. This Ede long house belonged to a powerful family as evidenced by the carvings on the staircase and elsewhere. The breasts on the staircase to the right are carved on the visitors staircase to enter the home. The house is over 142 feet long, almost 20 feet high and sits on stilts. The Ede are a matriarchial society and as daughters married, another room was added to accommodate the growing group of women, their husbands, and family.