The Iban of Borneo

Living communally in one big “Longhouse” in the heart of the Borneo Jungle, these feared warriors until recently practiced Headhunting. Traditionally covered in “magic” tattoos to ward of evil spirits and rival warriors.

Durning the second world war rangers from the Iban fought with the Allies against the Japanese Invaders using swords, spears and blowpipes, there were scores of eyewitness accounts of these brave warriors running at enemy machine gun positions with bullets seeming to have no effect.

Tattooed in sequence from the first, a pair of Aubergine flowers with a Tadpole at its centre on each shoulder, to the final neckpiece to protect the neck from rival Headhunters.

Their traditional livelihoods are increasingly under threat from logging and many have now moved into more urban environments.