Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

Hoare, Alison L., 2001. Cooking the Wild: The Role of the Lundayeh of the Ulu Padas (Sabah, Malaysia) in Managing Forest Foods and Shaping the Landscape

Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

Hoare, Alison L., 2001. Cooking the Wild: The Role of the Lundayeh of the Ulu Padas (Sabah, Malaysia) in Managing Forest Foods and Shaping the Landscape

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PhD dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of Kent at Canterbury.

This thesis provides an account of the Lundayeh subsistence system as found in the villages of Long Pasia and Long Mio, situated in the Ulu Padas, Sabah. The research focuses on Lundayeh food and diet, describing the diversity of resources used and the importance of forest foods. Comparison with studies from elsewhere in Borneo suggests that there are many similarities between Lundayeh practices and those of other highland peoples.

These data are used to critically examine the concepts of "wild" and "wilderness," considering whether these concepts are meaningful, either analytically or for the Lundayeh. Investigation of the way in which the Lundayeh manipulate and manage their resources suggests that they have had a profound influence on their environment. Consequently, the Ulu Padas cannot be described as a wilderness, nor its resources as wild. The extent to which the Lundayeh themselves construct the categories of "wild" and "cultivated" foods is investigated through examining how these resources are owned, and their different roles in the local diet. …

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