A Vanishing Nomadic Clan, With a Songlike Language All Their Own


The Punan people of the island of Borneo were once rumored to have tails, so elusive did they seem to their neighbors in the 19th century. Unlike the Indigenous farmers, who lived in long houses, the Punan roamed the island’s northern rainforest in family groups, hunting bearded pigs, harvesting starchy plants and gathering forest products for trade. They were not only…

This story appeared on nytimes.com, 2023-09-19.
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