August 5, 2008
THE HUSTLERS IN THE HEADHUNTERS' TRAIL
My VSO teacher, David Hustler, came back after 40 years with a wife and a son. One of the place they visited was the headhunters' trail, far in the interior of the rainforest connecting the ulu Limbang and Baram. The Kayans in the past crossed over from the Baram River to the Limbang River making headhunting raids. The route was then called Penarikan, from the Malay word tarik, to pull; in this case they pulled or rather dragged their longboats over the watershed. Here they have reached a longhouse along the way.