National Geographic : 1956 May
Jungle Journeys in Sarawak It is pleasant for a change to be paddled in a small canoe. The boat jerks forward to the rhythmic paddling, each stroke ending with a thump against the side of the canoe. In the shallows the paddlers stand gracefully erect and pole the craft along by main force, shouting encouragement to each other in the wilder stretches of water. 4- Tiny Canoe Tows a Train of Sago Logs, Grist for a Melanau Home Industry Page 724: Starch for export and for a locally used biscuit flour comes from sago palm groves in swampy coastal areas. These logs float to one of the rasping mills that have largely replaced hand methods. Once the paddles pushed me to a modest longhouse of five families who worked in sil ver, a craft usually left to the Chinese. These silversmiths were Malohs, related to Dyaks. They knew nothing of molds, but hammered the metal by hand. The Malohs specialize in the silver corsets Dyak girls wear on feast days. They make + Feet Shuffle in Malay Dance Patterns as a Couple Tramples Sago Water ladled over sago pith fresh from the mill dissolves the starch. Nimble feet press the milky liquid through a mat of woven sago leaves into a trough below, where the starch settles out (page 730).