The next morning, after buffet breakfast at Mulu Marriott Resort, we continued our journey to Wind Cave and Clearwater Cave. We were travelling from Marriott to the caves, following Melinau River to its upstreams by long boat. On the way, we visited Penan Settlement and its traditional craft market. Penan people used to have nomadic culture, moving from one to another place in the nature forest. In 1976, the goverment started to protect the area of Mulu National Park, thus, Penan people had to leaving their forest and moving into the Penan Settlement or outside of the national park area. Insteads of hunting and planting here and there in forest, they are staying at long houses which are never been a part of their culture. They learn to have modern lifestyle, start to work in the national park or in tourisum. Their young generation is well educated and some of them move to cities to have even better life. When visitiors come to Penan Settlement, they meet modernized Penan people which most are old people and kids. Buying their handcraft may support their financial a bit, but it’s still a sad story to see how their culture is vanishing in this modern world.
Leaving from Marriott at left bottom side, following Melinau River to Clearwater Cave and Wind Cave at right top side.
The bridge to the entrance of Marriott Resort.
On board at the jetty by Marriott Resort.
Pick up a Dutch family at Benarat Lodge (at opposite of Marriott).
Marriott Resort at opposite.
Heading Penan Settlement.
Jetty at HQ of Mulu National Park where we entered the park yesterday.
The suspension bridge that we passed yesterday.
The river bed is rocky and shallow.
Our guide Ah Ting sat at front.
Arrived Penan Settlement.
Walking toward the local market.
Gunung Api, or Mount Api (api is fire in Malays).
Bought one for Bart’s mum.
Left is her granddaughter, and right is her youngest daughter.
Modern long houses.
Continue our journey to show caves.
Cliffs and caves in sight.
Death is an ominous sign in ancient Penan culture. Once one dead, they put the body in a cave and then moved away from that area immediately.
Arrived jetty at Wind Cave.
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