An evening of legends and ancient tales with the highlanders of the Heart of Borneo

An evening of legends and ancient tales with the highlanders of the Heart of Borneo

KUALA LUMPUR: There is a beauty in listening to touching real life experiences, hilarious short stories or mind-blowing stanzas told in person.

Join us in an enthralling story telling session at Silverfish Books in Bangsar Village 2 on 9 April 2016 (Saturday). Indulge in the tales of the legendary giant of the highlands in Sabah and Sarawak called Upai Semaring and ancient cultures of the local communities.

Highland Tales in The Heart Of Borneo book documents the oral history of people living in Long Pa’ Sia’, Sabah; and Ba’ Kelalan, Bario and Long Semadoh, Sarawak as well as places of interests comprising megaliths, old burial grounds and settlements, and old rainforests of Borneo. It was authored by WWF-Malaysia Senior Community Engagement and Education Officer Alicia Ng, who works closely with the highland communities on co-management of natural resources and sustainability, through a grassroots initiative called Forum Masyarakat Adat Dataran Tinggi Borneo (FORMADAT).

The book is a documentation of the stories of old and some of the most distinctive cultural heritage sites of the communities in Sabah and Sarawak, which helps in promoting ecotourism activities in these areas.

The highlands of Sabah and Sarawak are home to some of the most unique communities in Asia. The Orang Ulu community of the highlands in the Heart of Borneo comprises the Kelabit, Lun Bawang, Lundayeh and Sa’ban people. Each with their own distinct dialects and cultural nuances yet rooted at the core with parallel mythology and oral history, they are the guardians of a rich array of tribal stories and legends. The book has an amazing collection of photographs and stories gathered from the storytellers of these communities.

Published by FORMADAT with support from Forest Department Sarawak, WWF-Malaysia and Ministry of Tourism Sarawak, the book is written in English and Bahasa Malaysia and comes with a complimentary CD. The CD highlights how the highland communities got together to form FORMADAT and the importance of the highlands in the Heart of Borneo as watersheds and water catchment areas that the people depend on. Hardcover book is priced at RM80 while paperback costs RM65. All book sale proceeds shall go to FORMADAT.

Silverfish Books will be hosting a story telling session at its premises located at 20-2F, Bangsar Village 2, Bangsar Baru, from 5pm to 7pm. The event is organised by WWF-Malaysia and FORMADAT.

The casual literary evening will feature special performances by the highland communities, their local rice-based delicacies, mini photography exhibitions as well as book sale. For more details or RSVP for this event, please contact call Silverfish Books at 03-228 448 37 or via email at [email protected]