The Penan are some of the world’s last hunter gatherers, living in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. Until recently most have been nomadic, wandering in small family groups, each with their own, fairly clearly demarcated territory. Some have never travelled more than 20 miles from their birthplace. With the increased logging activity throughout Sarawak the Penan have lost their traditional way of life and are having to adapt to a settled lifestyle.
In the Long Siang area we are attempting to demonstrate the possibilities for developing an alternative and sustainable way of living as opposed to the local people becoming plantation workers.