Through Central Borneo An Account Of Two Years' Travel In The Land Of The Head-Hunters Between The Years 1913 And 1917 By Carl Lumholtz




























































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I Want To Express My Appreciation Of Many Services Rendered By The Nederlandsche Handel-Maatschappij And Its Branches, Especially The Factorij In Batavia.

I am under similar obligations to the Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij, and my thanks are also due to De Scheepsagentuur for courtesies received.

Miss Ethel Newcomb, of New York, has kindly transcribed the two songs rendered.

Finally I desire to make grateful acknowledgment of valuable assistance rendered by Doctor J.C. Koningsberger, and by Doctor W. van Bemmelen, director of Koninklijk Magnetisch en Meteorologisch Observatorium, Weltevreden, Batavia.

Although force of circumstances altered the scope and to some extent the character of this expedition, nevertheless my Bornean experiences afforded great satisfaction. Moreover, my sojourn in the equatorial regions of the East has imbued me with an even stronger desire to carry out my original purpose, which I hope to accomplish in the near future.

CARL LUMHOLTZ

NEW YORK, April, 1920.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

DEPARTURE FROM NEW YORK - A RACE WITH THE IMPERIAL LIMITED - IMPRESSIONS OF JAPAN - SINGAPORE - ARRIVAL AT BATAVIA, JAVA - BUITENZORG - BORO BUDUR, THE WONDROUS BUDDHIST MONUMENT

CHAPTER II

BORNEO - CLIMATIC AND BIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS - NATURAL RESOURCES - POPULATION - HISTORY - GOVERNMENT OF THE NATIVES - RACIAL PROBLEMS.

CHAPTER III

BANDJERMASIN, THE PRINCIPAL TOWN IN DUTCH BORNEO - NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST - BALIK PAPAN, AN OIL PRODUCING CENTRE - SAMARINDA - TANDJONG SELOR - THE SULTAN - UP THE KAYAN RIVER.

CHAPTER IV

AN EXPEDITION INTO THE JUNGLE - FIRST IMPRESSIONS - RAPID CHANGE IN THE DENSENESS OF VEGETATION - ANIMAL LIFE - A STUBBORN FIGHT

CHAPTER V

MEETING PUNANS, THE SHY JUNGLE PEOPLE - DOWN THE RIVER AGAIN - MY ENTHUSIASTIC BOATMEN - MALAYS VERSUS DAYAKS

CHAPTER VI

RESUMPTION OF MY JOURNEY UP THE KAYAN RIVER - LONG PANGIAN - BERI-BERI - HINTS ON PROPER PROVISIONS - KENYAHS FROM CENTRAL BORNEO - EFFECT OF A SPIDER'S BITE

CHAPTER VII

ON THE ISAU RIVER - A KENYAH CHILD'S FUNERAL - A GREAT FISHING EXPEDITION - CATCHING FISH BY POISONING THE RIVER - TAKING OMENS - ENTERTAINING SCENES

CHAPTER VIII

THE JOURNEY CONTINUED UP THE KAYAN RIVER - FIRST EXPERIENCE OF KIHAMS, OR RAPIDS - WITH KENYAH BOATMEN - ADVANTAGE OF NATIVE COOKING - LONG PELABAN - THE ATTRACTIVE KENYAHS - SOCIAL STRATA - CUSTOMS AND HABITS - VALUABLE BEADS

CHAPTER IX

HYDROPHOBIA - FUNERAL CEREMONIES - AT A PADDI HARVEST - ANOTHER TUBA-FISHING EXPEDITION - THE CHARM OF PRIMITIVE MAN - INTERESTING CEREMONIES - ON HEADHUNTING GROUND

CHAPTER X

IN FOG AND DARKNESS - A RAID BY ANTS - DEPARTURE FROM LONG PELABAN - AN EXCITING PASSAGE - RETURN TO TAND-JONG SELOR

CHAPTER XI

DEPARTURE FOR BANDJERMASIN - A PLEASANT STEAMSHIP LINE - TWO HEAD-HUNTERS - AN EXPEDITION TO LAKE SEMBULO - SAMPIT - THE ORANG-UTAN - STORMY WEATHER - A DISAGREEABLE RECEPTION

CHAPTER XII

THE WAR CHANGES MY PLANS - CHOLERA - UP THE GREAT BARITO RIVER - PURUK TJAHU - DECIDE TO STAY AMONG THE MURUNGS - A DANCING FEAST

CHAPTER XIII

DAYAK CURE OF DISEASE-EVIL SPIRITS AND GOOD - ANIMISM - BLIANS, THE PRIEST-DOCTORS - THE FEAST OF RUBBER-GATHERERS - WEDDINGS - IN PRIMITIVE SURROUNDINGS

CHAPTER XIV

THE SCALY ANT-EATER - THE PORCUPINE - THE BLOW-PIPE - AN UNUSUAL ADVENTURE WITH A SNAKE - HABITS AND CUSTOMS OF THE MURUNGS - AN UNPLEASANT AFFAIR

CHAPTER XV

FINAL START FOR CENTRAL

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