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Through Central Borneo

Through Central Borneo
An Account of Two Years' Travel in the Land of the Head-Hunters between the Years 1913 and 1917

Volume 1

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration in Asia

  • Date Published: May 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108046282


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  • The Norwegian explorer and ethnographer Carl Lumholtz (1851–1922) wrote the influential ethnographic studies Among Cannibals and Unknown Mexico (both reissued in this series) after his journeys through Australia and Mexico respectively. In 1913, Lumholtz went on his final expedition, which aimed to explore the large parts of Borneo unknown to the rest of the world. Interested by tales of head-hunting, he wanted to spend time with the indigenous people and conduct research. Originally published in 1920, this two-volume work is Lumholtz's account of his expedition. Many of the illustrations in the work are from photographs taken by the author, including pictures of members of the different tribes he stayed with. Volume 1 begins with an overview of Borneo and goes on to describe the expedition's journey into the jungle, and the various ceremonies experienced during the journey, which provide interesting insights into tribal life and belief systems.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108046282
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 85 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Departure from New York
    2. Borneo
    3. Bandjermasin, the principal town in Dutch Borneo
    4. An expedition into the jungle
    5. Meeting Punans, the shy jungle people
    6. Resumption of my journey up the Kayan River
    7. On the Isau River
    8. The journey continued up the Kayan River
    9. Hydrophobia
    10. In fog and darkness
    11. Departure for Bandjermasin
    12. The war changes my plans
    13. Dayak cure of disease
    14. The scaly ant-eater
    15. Final start for central Borneo
    16. Arrival at Bahandang
    17. The Penyahbongs, men of the woods
    18. A strange mammal
    19. The Saputans
    20. Arrival on the Makaham River
    21. An excursion down the river
    22. Dayak dogs.

  • Author

    Carl Lumholtz

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