Based on ethnographic study of 1971-2004 and in particular on intensive work in Kelantan and Taman Negara 1975-6, this is a detailed account of the way of life Batek people in West Malaysia. Substantial elements of Batek values and culture are found to be persisting despite the profound social and exploitative/economic changes which have been taking place in recent years in West Malaysia's rural areas. Batek society's religious, gender, child rearing, hunting and gathering, and social organisation patterns of behaviour are traced and discussed. Distinctive concepts of gender and non-violence are highlighted. With illuminating black-and-white photographs, glossary, bibliography and accompanying DVD.
The Headman was a Woman: The Gender Egalitarian Batek of Malaysia
AuthorsEndicott, Kirk M.; Karen L. Endicott
PublisherCenter for Orang Asli Concerns