The Batek Tribes (09/10)

April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

     The Batek tribe are an indigenous people who live in the rainforest of peninsular Malaysia. As a result of encroachment, they now primarily inhabit the Taman Negara National Park. They are nomadic hunters and gatherers,  the exact location of their settlements change within the general confines of the area that they inhabit.
The name Batek means original people in Malay and others said that name mention for their skin was like ‘batik’ pattern. The Batek people were first documented by Europeans in 1878, when explorer-naturalist Nicholai Miklukho-Maklai of Russia wrote about them.
Until about 1970, peninsular Malaysia was difficult to reach for the purposes of logging, so the Batek were widespread throughout that region. Since it is now possible to harvest the trees in that region, the Batek are pretty much confined to Taman Negara National Park and the surrounding region.Kuala Koh, Kelantan, Malaysia

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