The Iban

Sarawak, on the island of Borneo, is home to 37 different tribes, the
largest of which is the Iban. The Iban live in communal longhouses.
They live mostly by growing rice and fruit, but they also hunt and
fish. In recent decades much of the Iban's rainforest has been cleared
by logging and plantation companies. The Iban and other tribes have
frequently blockaded logging roads to
try to protect their forest, but vast swathes have nevertheless been
cut down.


Join the mailing list

More than one hundred and fifty million men, women and children in over sixty countries live in tribal societies. Find out more about them and the struggles they’re facing: sign up to our mailing list for occasional updates.

News from the Iban