Location : Rumah Betang Bali Gundi, Desa Sibau Hulu, Kecamatan Putussibau Utara, Kabupaten Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
Guest written by Dr Kelvin Chong.
After a morning strolling around the Putussibau city center visiting the market and tasting local delicacies including “Kerupuk Basah”, essentially steamed starchy fish snacks, I was ready to hit the ground running.
Kapuas Hulu is one of the best places in Borneo to observe the traditional way of life of the indigenous Dayak tribe. I first visited the longhouses of the Rumah Betang Bali Gundi and Tanjung Lasa, and received a warm welcome from village head Pak Pato. Rumah Betang Bali Gundi has 23 houses with a total length of 150 m.
Just like the local dayak tribes in Sarawak, it had seemed that the tribes here in West Kalimantan in recent years had had to bring the central government to court over land grabbing issues. Pak Pato as well as several local community leaders was awarded a historic win, and got to keep land which was rightfully theirs. “What if they come back and try to steal the land again?” “Let them, we’ll cut off their heads if needed to” said a defiant, proud Pak Pato, alluding to the practice of headhunting in the not-so-distant past.
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