Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WEEK 8 - Original People (Batek Tribe)

          The Batek (or Bateq) are an indigenous people (currently numbering about 1,516) who live in the rainforest of peninsular Malaysia. As a result of encroachment, they now primarily inhabit the Taman Negara National Park. They are nomadic hunters and gatherers, so the exact location of their settlements change within the general confines of the area that they inhabit.

          The name Batek means original people in Malay and was probably first used to identify these people by Austronesian-speaking settlers who arrived by boat from the islands of Southeast Asia. The Batek people were first documented by Europeans in 1878, when explorer-naturalist Nicholai Miklukho-Maklai of Russia wrote about them.
Until about 1970 much of inland peninsular Malaysia was difficult to reach for the purposes of logging, so the Batek were widespread throughout that region. Since it is now possible to harvest the trees in that region, the Batek are pretty much confined to Taman Negrara National Park and the surrounding region.

"the siblings"

"love between mom and kid"

"surrounding and environment of Batek families"

"tok batin" - the leader of Batek families in Taman Negara Pahang

"one of a child in Batek families"


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