Where Hornbills Fly: A Journey with the Headhunters of Borneo

Where Hornbills Fly: A Journey with the Headhunters of Borneo

by Erik Jensen


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Once headhunters under the rule of White Rajahs and briefly colonized before independence within Malaysia, the Iban Dayaks of Borneo are one of the world's most extraordinary indigenous tribes, possessing ancient traditions and a unique way of life. As a young man Erik Jensen settled in Sarawak where he lived with the Iban for seven years, learning their language and the varied rites and practices of their lives. In this compelling and beautifully-wrought memoir, Erik Jensen reveals the challenges facing the Iban as they adapt to another century, whilst fighting to preserve their identity and singular place in the world. Haunting, yet hopeful, Where Hornbills Fly opens a window onto a vanishing world and paints a remarkable portrait of this fragile tribe, which continues to survive deep in the heart of Borneo.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780767741
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/28/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen are actors as well as playwrights. Married to each other, they live in New York

Table of Contents

1. Peace-Making
2. From the Old World - East
3. Sarawak and Up-river
4. Longhouse Living
5. To the Hornbill Festival
6. Revolt in the Lemanak
7. Ancient versus Modern
8. Out of Jungle a Centre
9. Poisoning, Omens and Hope
10. Progress then Bad News
11. World Events Intervene
12. Fit to Survive

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