i396 H. Lincx Roth.aNatives of Sarawak and Brit. N. Borneo.
encircled with circular wooden discs to keep off the rats." (Brooke Low.) The Dusuns do the same. (Whitehead, p. 108.)
In a Kadyan village Capt. Mundy noticed these granaries, " built on the top of posts, about ten feet from the ground, had sliding doors at one end, through which the grain was carried." (ii. 166.)
Mr. Wallace speaks of the numerous little granaries "built high up in trees overhanging the river and having a bamboo bridge sloping up to them from the bank." (ibid, 116.)
I think it is of the Dusuns Mr. Burbidge writes (p. 154) : " One of the most important of the women's duties is to clean and prepare daily the 4 padi.' It is a very pretty sight to see the girls of the villages inland thus engaged. As many as three may sometimes be seen beating the rice in one of their large wooden mortars. With one hand they grasp the pestle about the centre, while the other hand is rested on the hip. One woman commences to beat
the rice with a steady, regular stroke, then another one joins her, and then a third. Of course, the most exact time has to be observed, and the graceful motions of their slightly-draped figures, the dancing pestles, and the regular thudding sounds produced are very interesting to a stranger. After the rice has been sufficiently beaten, one of the girls scoops it out of the mortar with her little hands into a shallow tray of closely-woven rattan work of circular form and about two feet in diameter." It is sieved, as among the Sibuyau, falling back into the tray. " When finished, the rice is as clean and as white as that dressed by the finest machinery in England. Two or three girls will soon clean the day's supply, and by the laughing and gossip indulged in one may infer that the task is not a very unpleasant one to them."
Sea Dyak Plaited Rotan Handless Winnowing Shovel. (Leggatt Coll.)Sea Dyak Plaited Rotan Handless Winnowing Shovel. (Leggatt Coll.)