For months on end Iban longhouse folks only see their youngsters below the age of 7 and the very elderly.
The youth would be either boarders at school or are already working young adults (some work below the age of 18). Other adults would be far away working off shore (as far as Solomon Islands or Russia) and in fact some of the elders are still working in Bintulu or Miri. The women folks and the elderly have to keep "longhouse".
Last weekend I went to Rh. Chendang where the norms prevail. Most of the boarding students did not return home during the weekend because they were kept in the school for Teacher's Day.
However I was happy to see so many of the growing children especially those who are still in kindergarten and in the primary school nearby. Many are also attending a primary school further away where they are boarders. Three children are captured in these three photos. What will their future be like?
He is one of the youngest but already a good gong player. He beats a good timing.
Still sucking his "pepep" he sits with two nice "sisters". He can't wait to get his hand on the sticks to beat the gongs!!
May good music be played in the longhouse. May hope reign!
Children are the future of every race!