Sarawak Museum plans on preserving culture of native tribes

The Sarawak Museum reveals current projects to survey and study cultural aspects of the native tribes, such as the practice of erecting burial poles, and a joint study with Cambridge to study cultural sites in the Cultured Rainforest Project (note: the article misquotes it as the Cultural Rainforest Project).

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Sarawak to preserve burial poles
The Star, 03 June 2009

Sarawak will preserve burial poles which the native tribes used to bury the dead in the old days.

The Sarawak Museum is carrying out a survey on the different types of burial poles, said state Urban Development and Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin.

The poles, mostly found in the interior, have different names like klireng, klidieng, salong, jerunai and pagol.

Manyin said that once the survey was completed, the museum would draw up a management plan to preserve the various burial poles.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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