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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.
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He described the Punans as "a strong, healthy, well-knit looking lot, light in color in comparison with other native tribes, probably from living in the dark recesses of the jungle." The Land Dyaks who had been persecuted and hunted by the Sea Dyaks lived in the mountains.
A related "ideological" dimension is Wallace's preference for Dyaks (the Land Dyaks, that is, today self-restyled as Bidayuh) over Malays.