Location : Bintulu District, Kapit Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
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We have finally come to the last album for our ‘Visit fo Bakun & Murum dams’ trip. As we drove out of Belagatown we headed for the first village along the Balui river, Rumah Aging 2.The visit was brief and so was the one to Rumah Kaheiwhich we had expected more as per the signboard which mentioned a ‘Handicraft Centre’ but nothing was happening then. 30 years ago when we visited these 2 villages, we had to rent a boat.
Bridge spanning the Belaga river
Rumah Lahanan Long Semuang
We spent the most time at the third village of a tribe which we heard for the first time, Kejaman. Tuai Rumah or headman Mr Senin explained over coffee that the Kejamansand Lahananswere subtribes of the Melanaus.
With TR Senin of Rumah Kejaman
Rumah Kejaman Neh Long Liten
Healthy pastime with pingpong
How interesting. His sitting room was like a mini museum showcasing traditional artifacts which included beadworks of necklaces and sunhats, traditional costumes and sapes.
He later brought us to visit an old lady that produced durian candy (dodol). Her method of production was entirely different. Durian pulp was wrapped with leaves and dried over a fire.
Durian dodol / candy
Our village hopping continued as we made our way back to the Bakun junction. We drove quickly through the Lahanan longhouse as it looked empty and skipped Kulit (Kenyah) with much regret. Maybe next time. Nyaving (Kayan) was our last stop chatting with friendly ladies by the river.
Rumah Nyaving Long Mejawah
Ladies of Nyaving
So our week long journey to Sungai Asap, Bakun, Murum and Belagawas coming to an end. We still needed to drive back to Sungai Asap to say goodbye to our friend Ms Ester of Uma Bakah and put up the night at Bintulu. Once again we would like to thank Ms Alis for making our trip possible and Ms Ester and her family for making it interesting.