A selection of pictures of people living in the Kelabit highlands. The Kelabits, who were first "discovered" at the beginning of the 20th century, used to be a tribe of fierce warriors and headhunters. The Kelabits used to wear heavy earrings which had the effect of extending the ear lobes - they are called long ear people for that. After christianisation somewhere in the 1960s people stopped wearing the heavy earrings, which is why nowadays only the old people still have long ears.
Other people who live in the Kelabit highland are the Penan and the Keniah.
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