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What we're about

Hello there!

We are people who are interested in the culture, traditions and modern lifestyle of the Dayaks, Orang Ulu and other native peoples of Sarawak, Borneo.

You can be native or married into a local tribe, and living in Australia and New Zealand, or just otherwise interested in all things native and travelling to and visiting Sarawak, Borneo. ‘Mudbloods’ are welcome too!:)

For those of you interested in a little bit of history and geography lesson, here are some pertinent factoids:

• The island of Borneo is divided into four parts – Brunei (the oily part with a Sultan), Sabah (a state of Malaysia in the northeast) and Sarawak (a state of Malaysia in the northwest), and Kalimantan (the Indonesian portion to the south).

• Most Dayaks live in Sarawak and central and western Kalimantan. These include the fierce Iban or Sea Dayaks and the more placid Bidayuh or Land Dayaks.

• Dayaks are famous for living communally in longhouses and for practising headhunting.

• Orang Ulu peoples include Berawan, Bisaya, Kayan, Kelabit, Kenyah, Lun Bawang and Penan – at least according to Dr Wiki.

• Nowadays many natives live in townhouses and condominiums in semi-modern cities such as Kuching and work in a range of industries from petroleum and mining, forestry, and agriculture to professional services. Head hunting is still practiced – but only in a recruitment sense haha.

• Sarawak has been its own separate kingdom and state for nearly two hundred years, being first ruled by the Brooke family from England and their descendants (called the “White Rajahs”) in a classical benevolent dictatorship style with wide support from the native population; and more recently as part of the Federation of Malaysia in what some would less charitably say is the other form of dictatorship.

• The last Crown Prince of Sarawak, Anthony Brooke, died in exile in New Zealand in 2011.

• Sarawak is abundant in its own oil, forest products and hydroelectricity. 95% of the earnings are sent to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for distribution by the ruling National Front government. In exchange, local Sarawakians receive 5% of the earnings, plus some beads, blankets, cans of Milo and “How to Vote” cards.

Well we look forward to getting the numbers together for an event (maybe Gawai!) and having you and your friends round for potluck dinner...

Happy feasting!:)

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