Working Together Planting Rice in Kalimantan’s Old Growth Forest

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working together planting rice in kalimantan rsquo s old growth forest

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Photographer’s remarks

This picture is an example of the tenguyun which is a tradition to work together in planting an upland rice field, and rotating the work from one villager’s plot to another. This year the owner of this plot has opened it in an old growth forest in Tubu Subdistrict, neighboring the Kayan Mentarang National Park in the Indonesian part of Borneo. This area is home to the Punan Tubu, a group of former hunter-gatherers of the interior of Borneo, however today they are subsistence farmers. Although most of their food is produced, the Punan Tubu are still highly dependent of the forest for their source of meat, wild fruits, and also for timber and non-timber forest products which is their main source of cash to buy commercial goods such as sugar, salt, etc. and to buy school uniforms for their children.


Tubu Subdistrict, Malinau Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Name of photographer

Lucentezza Napitupulu

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