" The Ukits do not build houses,24 and I have been told by a Dyak chief who once lived with them for a while that they make temporary shelters between buttresses of large forest trees. They live by hunting, and use the sumpitan or blow-pipe. I have only seen one Ukit and he was a chief, a well-built man about 5 feet 8 inches high, slim, and with a rather refined face, and a rather more prominent nose than the Dyak, Malay, or Kayan ; but this characteristic may have been peculiar to the man."25
A Kanowit (?)
(Sir Hugh Low Coll.)
So far we have to thank Mr. Maxwell. Of the Muruts, Mr. F. O. Ricketts writes :a
" Muruts are very low down in the scale as compared with the other tribes of Borneo ; the race is not by any means prepossessing, the generality are exceedingly ugly and uncouth, they have not the quiet manner nor the little
24 On the occasion of a Dyak while hunting for gutta being killed by a wild Ukit, a writer in the Sarawak Gazette (No. 169, p. 54) says: " The Ukits are almost impossible to be found, as they have no more fixed habitation than wild animals."
25 There is every probability that the Punans, Pakatans, and Ukits are all one and the same people. (H. L. R.) See infra in foot notes 21 and 22.25 There is every probability that the Punans, Pakatans, and Ukits are all one and the same people. (H. L. R.) See infra in foot notes 21 and 22.