Thursday, 11 August 2011

The Bateq

The Bateq (or Batek) are an indigenous people 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 common phrase used to refer to them, 'orang asli', signifies a diverse group of which the Batek tribe is a part. It 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.
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 Negara National Park and the surrounding region.
From The Batek

From The Batek
From The Batek
From The Batek
From The Batek
From The Batek
From The Batek
From The Batek

2 comments:

```*Wo [-] In*``` said...

awesome photos...the black&white one is absolutely gorgeous...

have a nice day:)

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