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Photographer's Note

This is taken in a "Longhouse" in Batang Ai region, very near to the Indonesian border of Borneo.
The people you see are Ibans, heirs of fierce headhunters tribes who are now harvesting rice, breeding fish and welcoming foreigners like me to make a living.

Ibans usually live in a Longhouse, a long stilt building that can contain up to 30 or 50 different families, all ruled by a chief.
When not at work, Ibans are happy fellows that really like lifting a glass or two (or more), though there's no real alcohol problems in the Iban community. This was taken around 11AM, we were already to our third full glass of tuak...(and then there was dancing...)

BTW, what is tuak? it's a local alcohol made out of rice, there are two qualities : a milky white tuak that tastes a bit like sweet sake and a clear one that is much stronger (and better to my taste).
As I couldn't finish my third glass, one took it and shared with everybody here, the last to drink was a boy who was to me not more than 10 years old... Tuak drinking starts early when you're an Iban.

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