Trans-river Migration of Iban and Bekatan to the Tatau River Basin in Bintulu

In Ngingit
Volume (Issue): 10
Non Peer-reviewed Article

This paper describes the trans-river migration of the Iban and Bekatan to the Tatau River Basin in Bintulu Division, Sarawak. Until the beginning of the nineteenth century, The Iban and Bekatan did not inhabit the Tatau River Basin, but migrated there from other river basins from the middle of the nineteenth century onward. We describe the diversity of factors, routes, and forms of migration of each community. The data for analysis is based on oral histories documented in five Iban and two Bekatan longhouses in August 2011. We discuss how each longhouse has experienced splits and integration with various groups, and how the current geographical village distribution has been formed.

Author:
Yumi
Kato
Masahiro
ichikawa
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