Dayak

(redirected from Dyaks)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

Dayak:

see DyakDyak
or Dayak
, name applied to one of the groups of indigenous peoples of the island of Borneo, numbering about 2 million. The Dyaks have maintained their customs and mode of life largely uninfluenced by modern civilization.
..... Click the link for more information.
.
References in periodicals archive ?
The produce of the jungles procured with ease and little labour by the Dyaks, would be the first articles offered by them for sale or barter and this natural instinct has been strengthened and encouraged by the course which European and Chinese traders have taken in the country (23)
Nialong of Iban has been here to complain that Ampieng with seven of his people (all formerly Belohs, but now settled in Iban) had accompanied the same attack on Sakarang and killed, or been parties to the killing, of some relations of the Iban Dyaks living with Apai Kakong.
One report in 1884 noted that "as is usual at this time of year, a large number of Saribas and Skarang Dyaks have left for various places in search of gutta, but most of them have gone to Baram," (83) Traders moved to the Baram to "work produce" and then return home (1 Mar 1895:52).
4) Russian service records ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) do not mention Tartu voivodes in 7078 (September 1, 1569-August 31st, 1570), but data for the year 7079 indicate that the first voivode in Tartu was the Tsar's kinsman Nikita Romanovich Yuryev, the second was Prince Pyotr Ivanovich Khvorostinin, the third was Prince Nikita Priimkov-Rostovski, and the dyaks were Semyon Shelepin and Melenti Ivanov ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.
Consider, for example, societies such as the Eskimo tribes of the North American Arctic, Pygmies in Zaire, the Yurok of North America, the Ifugao of the Philippines, the Land Dyaks of Sarawak, the Kuikuru of South America, the Kabyle Berbers of Algeria, the Massims of East Paupo-Melanesia, and the Santals of India--none of which had governments (Leeson forthcoming).
The Land Dyaks who had been persecuted and hunted by the Sea Dyaks lived in the mountains.
Typical of its genre, it pitted an archetypal white male bush hero, Jim McLean, against an advance guard of `savage' seafaring Dyaks sent to prepare the ground for a Japanese invasion of northern Australia.
Eyewitness accounts recorded that the Dyaks of Borneo decapitated, drank blood and ate the hearts of their victims (Lloyd Parry 1997: 1), while Keesing (1975: 174) has affirmed cannibal feasts in Fiji and the Solomon Island.
I realize I'm playing fast and loose with such terms as trophies and cannibalism, but that is because I am following Melville's text, which most certainly does: for instance, the Marquesans were cannibals and ate the bodies of their dead enemies, but they did not (as Tommo discovers) preserve the heads of their victims in the manner of the Dyaks of Borneo.
I do not consider that Chinese living among Dyaks in this manner is to the benefit of the Dyak community and ordered them to live among their own people .
1937 Cooperative Ricefield Cultivation among the Siang Dyaks of Central Borneo.
Wallace was, after all, a passionate champion of the developmental Brooke regime, with its capacity to promote human population growth, specifically for the Land Dyaks of Sarawak, through ameliorating the condition of women.