The Punan Dayak Tribe, the Inland Tribe that Protects the Forests of Kalimantan (Borneo)



The Punan tribe is a Dayak tribe that inhabits the interior of the forest in West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan of Indonesia. They are the most formidable tribe, they are very adept at fighting and hunting, they are also able to survive in any forest conditions.

According to history, the existence of the Punan Dayak tribe originated from a Chinese royal family who lost a war and fled to the island of Borneo. Because the area was considered safe, they settled in the forests of Kalimantan and formed a group that is now known as the Punan Dayak tribe. They live in creeks, trees, caves and other places in the jungle interior of Kalimantan (Borneo). And life moves to follow the cycle of animal migration and the cycle of plant growth in the forests of Borneo, while avoiding other human groups.

The Punan Dayak tribe is divided into ten small sub-groups spread over several areas in Kalimantan, some of which are the Punan Uheng Kahero tribe in Kapuas Hulu and the Punan Habongkot tribe in East Kalimantan. The largest population of the Punan Dayak tribe is found in East Kalimantan, it is estimated that there are about 8 thousand people scattered in East Kalimantan. One of the Punan Dayak sub-tribes who are very protective of Kalimantan's forests is the Punan Adiu indigenous people from Malinau Regency, East Kalimantan.

In fact, residents of Punan Adiu carry out patrols and patrols every day, and forbid people outside Punan Adiu to hunt in the forest. The Punan Adiu indigenous people also forbid the cutting of trees, except to build private houses in the Punan Adiu traditional village. Hunting for protected animals and any actions that endanger or damage the forest are also strictly prohibited by the Punan Adiu community.