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  TOURIST ATTRACTION
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  Gunung Mulu National Park
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SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO

PEOPLE / ETHNIC GROUP : Orang Ulu

 
 

ORANG ULU

 

Orang Ulu is a term generally used to refer to the multitude of tribes living upriver in the interior regions of Sarawak. Among others, the Orang Ulu includes the major Kayan (15,000) and Kenyah tribes, the Kajang, Kejaman, Punan, Ukit, and Penan (10,000) tribes, and recently, the tribes of Lun Bawang, Lun Dayeh and Berawan and Kelabits highlanders (3,000). Collectively these different tribes make up about 5.5% of Sarawak?s population.

 
 

KAYAN ETHNIC GROUP

 

The Kayan tribe, who build their longhouses in the northern interiors of Sarawak midway on the Baram River, the upper Rejang River and the lower Tubau River, were traditionally headhunters. They are well known for their boat-making skills, which they carve from a single block of belian, the strongest of the tropical hardwoods. A close neighbour of the Kayans is the Kenyah tribe who live in Long San, along the Baram River.

 
 
 

KENYAH ETHNIC GROUP

 

The Kenyah culture is similar to that of their neighbours, the Kayans, and both tribes are believed to have come from the Kayan River valley in eastern Borneo. The Kenyah and Kayans are primarily farmers, cultivating rice in cleared forest areas. Typically, a Kenyah village is made of just a single longhouse. A common aspect of the Kayan and Kenyah tribes is the singing the parap, a folklore song relating expressions of love, happiness, loneliness and anger while singing praises for the beauty of nature and all living things.

 
 
 

KELABIT ETHNIC GROUP

 

Residents of the mysterious, cloud-covered highlands of Sarawak are the Kelabits. Making their home in Bario, the Kelabits is a tight-knit community that practices the traditional form of agriculture. Mainly rice farmers; the Bario Highland rice is a famous product of the Kelabits. In recent years, the Kelabits have also cultivated various temperate-climate fruits including apples and grapes. The Kelabits are predominantly Christians and they celebrate Christmas day.

 
 
 

PENAN ETHNIC GROUP

 

The last truly nomadic people of Sarawak, the Penan are hunter-gatherers who roam the deep interiors of Sarawak?s jungles, and are spread out among the hilly regions of Sarawak, and neighbouring Brunei and Kalimantan. Using basic, traditional hunting tools such as the blow-pipe and woven rattan baskets, the Penans hunt for wild boars, deers and other forest game. Largely animistic, the Penans worship Bungan, a supreme god. Today, a great number of Penans have opted to settle down in longhouses, leaving their nomadic lifestyle behind. Many have also converted to Christianity. They still create beautiful woven baskets and mats which they use to trade with outsiders for a number of essential items including salt, cloth and tobacco. Their staple diet, like the Melanaus, is the sago, supplemented with various wild fruits, roots and greens.

 
 
 

COSTUME

 

The costumes of the Orang Ulu are as varied as the diversity of the tribes themselves. In general, beads and heavy silver or brass jewellery are used by the womenfolk as part of their traditional costume. Headdresses also play an important role in distinguishing one tribe from another.

 
 

 

ARTS & CRAFTS

 

The Orang Ulu are artistic people with longhouses elaborately decorated with murals and woodcarvings. The Penan tribe is well known for their blowpipes, which they traditionally use to hunt small game, as well as their finely woven rattan baskets and mats. The Kenyan and Kayan tribes are celebrated for their expertise in playing the sape.

 
 

 

EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS

 

A vast majority of the Orang Ulu tribe are Christians but old traditional religions are still practiced in some areas. Some of the festival highlights celebrated by the Orang Ulu people include the Belaga Regatta. The Orang Ulu also celebrates Gawai Dayak. One notable festival, though not traditional, is the Rainforest Music Festival, where many of the indigenous tribes of Sarawak as well as those from around the world, come together to share their music in a spectacular three-day performance.

 
 
 
 
PEOPLE / ETHNIC GROUP : Orang Ulu
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO