PENAN THE PEOPLE OF THE FOREST

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Do you still remember the penan research project that I was involved in? Back then? Few years back? Never mind. I’ll bring you for a short walk to it.

ABOUT THE RESEARCH
The research was about the nomadic tribe of Sarawak; known as the Penan. The research covered areas on the tribe’s main settlement at Tutoh Apoh and Baram area, their arts, culture, religion, marriage, ethnobotanical knowledge along with their musical instruments and songs. Having to travel to few places took us approximately a month to complete the task of data collection, interviews, shooting and another month working on the video editing and finalizing the publication. It was a project for Pustaka Sarawak (Sarawak State Library) under their Sarawakiana series of publication.

WHAT IS IT FOR ME?
When I was approached to be involved in the project, I was super excited. Was never involved in an academic research project before so I thought why not. The rest was history. As a matter of fact, after getting myself involved, it has opened the door of opportunity for me as a conference presenter at Borneo Research Council Conference and Borneo International Beads Conference.

THE JOURNEY& THE EXPERIENCES
I wrote a journal on this particular journey. Let’s start with this..
The Penan Research Project
Penan Research Project: Part 1
Penan Research Project: Part 2
Penan Research Project: Part 3
People of The Forest: The Penan

..the challenges..
My Research Challenges
Ex-Lugoss Rules

..then I discovered and gained some ethnobotanical knowledge from Penan of Baram.
Boesenbergia Stenophylla @ Jerangau Merah
The Natural Soap
Gaharu aka Agarwood
The Fork
The Jew’s Harp

It has been 8 years now. And why am I not active in it anymore if you may ask, it’s merely due to my studies. I’m currently pursuing my studies on a part time basis. I’m expecting to finish my studies end of this year and should there’s any research opportunity comes along after that, I sure look forward to it especially in the area of indigenous cultures.

I hope I didn’t bored you along the way. Thank you for your time for reading this and do say hi under the Comment box below. Thanks for dropping by! 😉

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