Photos: Hunter-gatherers of Southeast Asia

 

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Batek in Penang, 2017. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Master players of the sapek: Penan of Lg. Wat, Sarawak, Malaysia, 2009. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
This community had several highly skilled performers, at least three of whom had sons learning from & performing with them
Penan Gangnam, Lg. Jek, Sarawak, 2013. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Agta hunter and leader. Photo © Bion Griffin
Galpong at Nanadukan beach, Cagayan, the Philippines
A Moken man punting in front of his village, Surin Islands, Phang-nga Province, Thailand, 2016. Photo © Narumon Arunotai.
Urak Lawoi man demonstrates how to use a hand spear, Phuket Province, Thailand, 2017. Photo © Narumon Arunotai
Penan are skilled blacksmiths and locally renowned for their knives and machetes. Lg Jekitan, Baram, Sarawak, 2013. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Agta woman planting. Photo © Bion Griffin
Moken woman and children selling hand-made crafts to tourists, Surin Islands, Phang-nga Province, Thailand, 2016. Photo © Narumon Arunotai
Agta hunter and leader. Photo © Bion Griffin
Taytayan, grandmother and superb hunter, draws her bow during a forest hunt
Batek woman digging for tubers while her toddler plays with a toy knife, Taman Negara, 2012. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Agta women pounding local sago (fishtail palm; Caryota cumingii). Photo © Bion Griffin
They are pounding the pith to remove the sago starch. This palm is scattered widely in the forest. For Agta living far from farmers and rice, it was an important, if not daily, source of starch. Pagsanghan, upriver Palanan, the Philippines, 1973
Urak Lawoi woman cracks open rock oysters, Laem Tookkae, Phuket Province, Thailand, 2017. Photo © Narumon Arunotai
Batek man trying to reach a snagged fruit tree, Taman Negara, 2014. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
It proved impossible to do, and we continued on our way
Agta. Photo © Bion Griffin
Batek women and children, Taman Negara, 2012. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Penan meat-sharing: partitioning for equality. Lg. Jek, Sarawak, 2010. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Batek meat-sharing: delivery by children. Taman Negara, 1996. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Western Penan greetings, Sarawak, 2013. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Ujok Balan formally welcomes Paneh Kilah to Lg. Jek. Though related, they rarely met up.
Penan Gəŋ group returning from their field camp where they were planting rice & monitoring oil palm estate expansion. News that a relative was perhaps deathly ill brought everyone home to keep vigil. She lived on & they dispersed again. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po, 2010
Lg. Jek Penan crowding around to greet their relative Paneh Kilah of Lg. Wat, who has not visited for a long time. Sarawak, 2013. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Maniq man (unidentified) responding to questions from linguist Gérard Diffloth, Trang, Thailand, 2001. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Ujok Balan, Lg Jek, Sarawak, 2010. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Penan Gəŋ are among the groups first categorised by Rodney Needham as Western Penan (i.e., *west* of the Baram River)
Some things need to stay private
Penan boys, Lg. Wat, Sarawak, 2009. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Batek children, Taman Negara, 2010. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Traditional Moken boat (a kabang) and row boat beached amidst more modernised and mechanised boats, Surin Islands, Phang-nga Province, Thailand, 2016. Photo © Narumon Arunotai
Urak Lawoi man foraging with his boat, Phuket Province, Thailand, 2017. Photo © Narumon Arunotai
Penan Belangan children, Asap, Sarawak, 2009. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Orang Rimba, Jambi, Sumatra, 1999. Photo © Adi Prasetijo
Moken children, Surin Islands, Phang-nga Province, Thailand, 2003. Photo © Paladej Na Pombejra
Penan Belangan children, Asap, Sarawak, 2009. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Penan Belangan were one of 15 communities (9000 people) resettled from the Upper Balui for Bakun Dam. Other than the Bhuket, the other communities were Kayan and Kenyah (traditionally, farmers). These children had never known pre-resettlement life
Tugang Sugun cuddles a great-granddaughter, Western Penan community of Lg. Jek, Sarawak, 2013. He is the former headman. After he retired, leadership passed to his son Matu Tugang, the current headman. Photo © Lye Tuck-Po
Two young Agta women in an ambush position during hunting. Photo © Bion Griffin
Orang Rimba, Jambi - Adi Prasetijo/1999