234 A NATURALISTS WANDERINGS
to whom I sent the head of the village to call them to speak with me.
The Kubus are a small tribe of people inhabiting the central parts of Sumatra, and it has been claimed by some for them that they are the remnants of the pristine indigenes of the country.
My first introduction was to two men, one woman, and one child ; shortly afterwards, however, at Surulangun,* through the kind assistance of Mr. Kamp, the Controller of the district,
A KTJBU MAN AND WOMAN, SKETCHED IN THE VILLAGE OF KOTTA-RADJA.
I was able to examine a considerable number of these peopleA to collect some information about them, and to obtain one cranium and, after considerable difficulty, one complete skeleton.
The Kubus are a nomadic race wandering about in the forests on the borders of the Jambi Sultanate and of the Palem-bang Residency, along the banks and affluents of the great rivers, the Musi and the Batang Hari. The Dutch Government some years ago began the attempt to teach these people the rudiments of the art of agriculture, and have after much
* See below, page 240.