Tiyung Dayak – “The Sour Dayak Apple” in Bidayuh Politics

For the Greater Glory of Bidayuh Politics

One fine day – somewhere in Mukah…

My boss showed me an ink-sketch just now. So, as an avid fine arts lover, I took the opportunity to make a digital copy of this photocopied version of the original work, which was sketched by his Chinese friend in Bintulu last year (2008).

The digital copy of an unknown Chinese illustrator's sketch of a sago plantation - somewhere in Mukah (?)...

The digital copy of an unknown Chinese illustrator's sketch of a sago plantation - somewhere in Mukah (?)...

The digitally-framed version of the above sketch, lah...

The digitally-framed version of the above sketch, lah...

The sketch is really amazing and I can only say a word “Wow!” The sketch was made based on illustrator’s imagination, meaning that he did it without referring to any photograph or sitting/squatting/standing in front of a sago plantation lah. He showed us a smallholder’s sago or rumbia (pronunciation: room (not rum) – beer) or mulong (pronunciation: moolong) plantation – somewhere in Mukah. Imagine an illustrator who uses Adobe Illustrator software to do the sketch – grenti ada uuummmppphhh, beb!

Yup, sago plays a vital economy among the Melanau folks in Mukah-Balingian-Dalat-Igan-and where else? districts. Detailed information on sago can be found here and here.

August 30, 2009 - Posted by | 03 Miscellaneous

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