Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Face of the Iban Warrior   1 comment

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Face of the Iban Warrior

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I am featuring the face of an Iban Warrior from Sarawak taken last Sunday at the Pesta Gawai & Keaamatan 2016 held in Penang’s Fort Cornwallis.
Apart from his face I have also included the costume as it is also very exceptional and outstanding with the hornbill feathers. Their bodies are usually tatooed. Some of these tribes were “head-hunters” in the past. They live in longhouses.

SP Lim
Sorry late in the submission owing to no internet connection until 14/05/2016.

Iban people
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Iban people
Sea Dayak

Total population
c. 1,046,400
Regions with significant populations
Malaysia (Sarawak)
Indonesia (West Kalimantan)


Iban, Malaysian English, Indonesian/Malaysian; most notably the Sarawak Malay dialect of the Malaysian language


Christianity, Animism, some minorities Islam

Related ethnic groups
Kantu, Dayak Mualang, Semberuang, Bugau and Sebaru

The Ibans are a branch of the Dayak peoples of Borneo. In Malaysia, most Ibans are located in Sarawak, a small portion in the east coast of Sabah and some in West Malaysia. They were firstly but now formerly known during the colonial period by the British as Sea Dayaks especially in the Saribas and Skrang regions which are near the coastline and thus they had gone on expeditions along the coastline up to the Kapuas river delta in the south and the Rajang river delta in the north. However, those Ibans that had migrated and lived inland to upper Rajang river region was further upriver and did not really go downriver to the sea as often but they became into contact with local tribes such as the Baketan, Ukit and Kayan.
It is believed that the term “Iban” originates from the Iban’s own formidable enemy, the Kayan who call the Sea Dayaks in the upper Rajang river region that initially came into contact with them as “Hivan”. The Kayan mostly lives in the central Broneo region and migrated into the upper Rajang river and thus went logger-head with those Ibans who migrated from the upper Batang Ai/Lupar region and Katibas river. In fact, those Sea Dayaks in the Saribas and Skrang regions initially resisted being called Iban and insisted to be called Dayak but somehow the term Iban increasingly becomes popular later on after the European starts to frequently uses this term.
Ibans were renowned for practicing headhunting and tribal/territorial expansion, and had a fearsome reputation as a strong and successful warring tribe in the past. Since the arrival of Europeans and the subsequent colonisation of the area, headhunting gradually faded out of practice although many tribal customs, practices and language continue. The Iban population is concentrated in Sarawak, Brunei, and in the West Kalimantan region of Indonesia. They live in longhouses called rumah panjai.
Nowadays, most of the Iban longhouses are equipped with modern facilities such as electricity and water supply and other facilities such as (tar sealed) roads, telephone lines and the internet. Younger Ibans are mostly found in urban areas and visit their hometowns during the holidays. The Ibans today are becoming increasingly urbanised while retaining most of their traditional heritage and culture.


by Cheri Lucas Rowlands
This week at Discover, I chatted with illustrator Mica Angela Hendricks, who blogs at Busy Mockingbird, and loved what she said about drawing faces. “The lines in your face tell stories,” she said. “I get to ‘know’ a person through these lines, which is so fun for me.”

Mica likes to draw strange, imperfect faces the most:

When you’re drawing the details of someone, you’re spending intimate time with them in a strange way. Not romantically, but as an artist, you find this wonderful appreciation for what most people consider their “imperfections” — the wrinkles and lines in their faces, the lines under their eyes.

For this week’s photo challenge, let Mica’s insights inspire you: share a photo of a face. It could be your own face; the face of a loved one, whose lines and creases you know well; or even a face out in the wild, where you least expect to see one:

A green face in the wall in Montmartre, Paris, by street artist Gregos.

In a new post, show us a face — and feel free to share the story or the person behind it. We look forward to seeing your takes!

Cheri Lucas Rowlands | May 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm | Tags: Busy Mockingbird, face, Mica Angela Hendricks | URL: http://wp.me/p23sd-12ar




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