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Penan photos: the elders (II)

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

by Lye Tuck-Po

Continued from here.

I took these photos at Long Wat, Sarawak, in 2009-2010. Click on the thumbnail to view in large size.

In the first photo, a group listens to the then-Penghulu give a report upon returning from an official visit to higher-ups elsewhere.
In the second and third photos, the couple are probably preparing materials to make rattan baskets. He's carving sticks for the body of the baskets. She's stripping rattan.
The next photo is Pao Tului, the then-Penghulu of the Western Penan (a government appointment). Penghulu is sort of a headman -- someone the government can communicate through.
The fifth photo shows Lupek Belavun smoking with a granddaughter. I believe she was the oldest person at Long Wat at the time.
The sixth and seventh photos were taken in the kitchen of Denge Galau and his wife Bawang Asa. Denge is in the 6th photo, looking out the door, probably talking about what he was going to do that day. Soon afterwards, his wife Bawang stepped in (7th photo) and he stepped out. Denge was one of my consultants on placenames.
The eighth photo shows Uleng Tanyang.
The ninth photos shows Ujeh Nyipa' and his son Sati Uleng. This was a day when they were submitting their land claims for compensation by the government. The tenth photo shows Ujeh's wife Keking Adu. I think she was holding a grandchild; her son Sati told me that she's particularly good with children.
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