The Storage Hut
This is a ‘Puvung’ (in Kenyah Uma’ Pawa dialect) and one get to see this hut practically in any Orang Ulu community villages. In other word, it is also known as a store hut. Back then, it is used as a storage place where the villagers will keep their rice harvest and valuable item such as gongs and beads (just to name a few) instead of storing it at the longhouse.
The design and size of a ‘Puvung’ also determine whether the owner comes from the aristocracy class or not. The picture shown above belong to a ‘keta’uh’ (the highest social class of a Kenyah society) family and one can tell due to the ‘kalung’ design on it. Back then, only the ‘keta’uh’ can have their store hut decorated and painted with ‘kalung’ design. The lower rank would have a plain store hut instead.
Nowadays, the culture of having a ‘Puvung’ is slowly dying due to modernzation. One can only get to see few exist in a village and in some villages, the ‘Puvung’ doesn’t exist anymore.
Do you plan to have one in the future? 🙂