The Last Penan in the Borneo Rainforest
- A unique photographic documentation of the Penans' way of life on the island of Borneo and an impressive visual manifesto against the politics and industrial interests that endanger them
- The Penan people and their culture, endangered by illegal logging and industrial palm oil plantations on Borneo, have gained much international attention
Over the years, Swiss photographer Tomas Wüthrich has visited Borneo many times to document the daily life of the Penan, a partially nomadic indigenous people living in the rainforest of Borneo. The way of life that these hunter-gatherers lead in the Sarawak state of Malaysia is critically threatened by illegal logging and oil palm plantations.
The Penan people came to the world’s attention thanks to Swiss-born environmental activist Bruno Manser, who disappeared in the jungle without trace in the year 2000 while campaigning for the Penan cause.
In this book, Wüthrich paints a nuanced portrait of this unique culture. A selection of Penan myths, collected by Ian Mackenzie are published for the first time alongside Wüthirch’s photographs. An essay on Bruno Manser and his mission for the Penans’ case completes the book.
Text in English, German and Penan.
- Scheidegger & Spiess
- 17th Dec 2019
- Paperback / softback
- World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
- 300 mm x 220 mm
- 160 Pages
- 100 color