Uma Baka' people

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Uma Baka' people
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (East Kalimantan)
 Malaysia (Sarawak)
Kenyah language (Uma' Baka dialect of the Uma’ Lasan language), Indonesian language, Malaysian language
Christianity, Kaharingan
Related ethnic groups
Badeng people, Lepo' Kulit people

The Uma Baka' tribe were originally from the rural center of Borneo Island. Originally from Bahau River, the Uma Baka' people began moved out from that river system along with the Uma' Kulit people in the 18th century.[1] Although the tribe still remains in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, some of them have moved to Sarawak, Malaysia. The tribe was known as the best hunters in jungle.[citation needed] The Uma Baka' people are considered as a sub-ethnic of the Kenyah people and their language is Uma Baka' language, which is a form of Kenyah language dialect.[2]

Today, their lives have totally changed. They are no longer head hunters. Some of their people have become very successful in education, business, religion and politics.


  1. ^ Cristina Eghenter, Bernard Sellato & G. Simon Devung (2003). Social Science Research and Conservation Management in the Interior of Borneo: Unravelling Past and Present Interactions of People and Forests. CIFOR. ISBN 979-3361-02-6.
  2. ^ Judith A. Nagata (1975). Contributions To Asian Studies: Pluralism In Malaysia: Myth And Reality: A Symposium On Singapore And Malaysia. BRILL. ISBN 90-04-04245-8.

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