Through Central Borneo: Volume 1

Through Central Borneo: Volume 1 : An Account of Two Years' Travel in the Land of the Head-Hunters between the Years 1913 and 1917

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The Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Carl Lumholtz (1851-1922) wrote the influential ethnographic studies Among Cannibals and Unknown Mexico (both reissued in this series) after his journeys through Australia and Mexico respectively. In 1913, Lumholtz went on his final expedition, which aimed to explore the large parts of Borneo unknown to the rest of the world. Interested by tales of head-hunting, he wanted to spend time with the indigenous people and conduct research. Originally published in 1920, this two-volume work is Lumholtz's account of his expedition. Many of the illustrations in the work are from photographs taken by the author, including pictures of members of the different tribes he stayed with. Volume 1 begins with an overview of Borneo and goes on to describe the expedition's journey into the jungle, and the various ceremonies experienced during the journey, which provide interesting insights into tribal life and belief more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 85 b/w illus. 2 maps
  • 1139198459
  • 9781139198455

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Departure from New York; 2. Borneo; 3. Bandjermasin, the principal town in Dutch Borneo; 4. An expedition into the jungle; 5. Meeting Punans, the shy jungle people; 6. Resumption of my journey up the Kayan River; 7. On the Isau River; 8. The journey continued up the Kayan River; 9. Hydrophobia; 10. In fog and darkness; 11. Departure for Bandjermasin; 12. The war changes my plans; 13. Dayak cure of disease; 14. The scaly ant-eater; 15. Final start for central Borneo; 16. Arrival at Bahandang; 17. The Penyahbongs, men of the woods; 18. A strange mammal; 19. The Saputans; 20. Arrival on the Makaham River; 21. An excursion down the river; 22. Dayak more