One of the biggest misconceptions of Borneo in the 19th century was that it was a place where cannibalism was common practice.
Plenty of tribes in Borneo were depicted as cannibals in European writing,
Back in the early days of Sarawak Museum, many of its curators became prominent zoologists, anthropologists and archaeologists.
Being posted here in Sarawak when it was almost unknown to the Western world allowed these
Headhunting is the act of taking and preserving a person’s head after killing that person.
Generally, scholars agree that headhunting practice’s primary function was for ritualistic and ceremonial purposes.
Some even theorized that the
The ngajat is a traditional Iban dance in Borneo. It is traditionally performed as a welcoming dance, before and after a war or headhunting trip and to celebrate a bountiful harvest.
Just like the
After decades of tribal wars between the Ibans in Ulu Ai and the Skrang, Layar and Lemanak, they finally made peace in 1920.
To mark the peaceful agreement between these parties, a peace making