The Longhouse of Sungulo Palin

The longhouses of Dayak People are one of the living heritages which are part of the traditional culture that still exist in Indonesia. In a longhouse, a number of families live and run their tradition and rituals in generations. This one in the Sungulo Palin village—built five meters in height and 286 meters in length—is inhabited by more than 100 Dayak Tamambaloh families over generations. However, the existence of this longhouse community is no longer as strong as years ago since there is a tendency of the government to eliminate the longhouse existence under security and hygiene reasons—ignoring its social context (2007). Photos were taken in 2007 and 2012.  •  Tearsheets (2007).