Appell, George N.. The Rungus Dusun

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Title: The Rungus Dusun

Published in: Essays on Borneo societies, edited by Victor T, King

Published By: Essays on Borneo societies, edited by Victor T, King Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978. 143-171, 234-241 p.: ill.

By line: G. N. Appell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Rungus Dusun (OC13)

Subjects: Arboriculture (245); Dwellings (342); Property in movables (422); Production and supply (433); Household (592); Kinship terminology (601); Community structure (621); Religious offenses (688); Theory of disease (753);

Abstract: This is a good summary of G.N. Appell's dissertation (Appell 1965, document no. 1). He discusses the domestic family, including the developmental cycle and its jural and ritual status. He also discusses the Rungus kinship terminology, the long-house community, and village. According to Appell, the long-house has minimal jural and ritual status, although it may have served a greater role in the past as a necessary means of defense. The village controls the territory around it and a family's access to land is based on their residence in a village. According to Appell the village is not a kinship unit although kin are found there. Appell also discusses rights to trees and the unique 'tree-focussed descent collectivities.'

Document Number: 2

Document ID: oc13-002

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-241)

Field Date: 1959-1963

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1959-1963

Coverage Place: Kudat District, Sabah, Malaysia

LCSH: Dusun (Bornean people)


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