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The life of the longhouse : an archaeology of ethnicity

Author: Peter Metcalf
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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"For two centuries, travellers were amazed at the massive buildings found along the rivers that flow from the mountainous interior of Borneo. They concentrated hundreds of people under one roof, in the middle of empty rainforests. There was no practical necessity for this arrangement, and it remains a mystery. Peter Metcalf provides an answer by showing the historical context, using both oral histories and colonial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Metcalf, Peter.
Life of the longhouse.
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009037297
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Metcalf
ISBN: 052111098X 9780521110983 051165779X 9780511657795 9780511657467 0511657463 9780511657030 051165703X
OCLC Number: 507436127
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 345 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Introduction: the problem: ethnicity and community; Part I. Longhouses: 1. Longhouses; 2. Longhouse communities; 3. The coming of the Brooke Raj; Part II. Longhouses and Leaders: 4. Aban Jau's career; 5. Aban Jau's successors; Part III. Longhouses and Trade: 6. The sultan's fence; 7. Pre-modern upriver trade; Part IV. Longhouse Populations: 8. The linguistic data; 9. Disease, slavery, assimilation, annihilation; Part V. Longhouses and Ritual: 10. The ritual consensus; 11. The ritual operator; 12. The impresarios of the ancestors; Part VI. Longhouses and the State: 13. Longhouses during the Raj; 14. Longhouses after the Raj; Conclusion: the general and the particular.
Responsibility: Peter Metcalf.

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The remarkable longhouses of Borneo remain mysterious. This book provides an answer by integrating the oral histories of communities with colonial records. The key factor was a trade system  Read more...

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