Deep in Indonesian Borneo, near the Malaysian border, in a village called Sepulang, about 800 people of the Khenya Dayak tribe live in on the edge of the pristine forest.
Deep in the remaining old growth forests of Borneo, the Setulang Dayak village guards its forest with deep commitment. To date, the village's traditional law of Tana Olen (forbidden forest), withstands increasing pressure from encroaching logging industries. Now as rapid development rolls in, the village is trying to secure sustainable and forest-friendly future,
The Dayaks moved to their current village from deep inside the forest in 1969. The elders we met in Sepulang 18 months go have a deep longing to return to their original village at a place called Long Saan, five days by canoe up the river. But they can’t afford the cost of the journey.
This video, made by Alva Lim, Luis Patron and Citt Williams of the United Nations University, features Kole Adjang, one of the elders who will be accompanying us on our expedition to the ancestral village of Long Saan.