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- n. Variant of Dayak.
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- n. Alternative form of Dayak.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a native race inhabiting Borneo, the largest island of the Malay archipelago.
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Though the term Dyak is often carelessly applied to all the natives of
The name "Dyak" has been indiscriminately applied to all the wild people on the island of Borneo; but as the term is never so used by themselves, and as they differ greatly, not only in name, but in their customs and manners, we will briefly, in the first instance, mention the various distinct nations, the general locality of each, and some of their distinguishing peculiarities.
It's really to encourage the writers, producers, directors, the talent and the executives to pay attention to these issues and recognize that the messages they send can often be a positive conduit of information to the viewer, says council president Brian Dyak.
Dimly there crept into my mind memory of the Dyak legend of the winged messenger of Buddha--the Akia bird whose feathers are woven of the moon rays, whose heart is a living opal, whose wings in flight echo the crystal clear music of the white stars--but whose beak is of frozen flame and shreds the souls of unbelievers.
Much of what has been here stated was probably derived by Dr. Muller from the reports of his Dyak hunters; but a large male, four feet high, lived in captivity, under his observation, for a month, and receives a very bad character.
The Dyak houses are all raised on posts, and are often two or three hundred feet long and forty or fifty wide.
The Dyak is closely allied to the Malay, and more remotely to the Siamese, Chinese, and other Mongol races.
The Dyaks all declare that the Mias is never attacked by any animal in the forest, with two rare exceptions; and the accounts I received of these are so curious that I give them nearly in the words of my informants, old Dyak chiefs, who had lived all their lives in the places where the animal is most abundant.
On being called by Bujon, they immediately left their game to carry my things up to the “headhouse,” — a circular building attached to most Dyak villages, and serving as a lodging for strangers, the place for trade, the sleeping-room of the unmarried youths, and the general council-chamber.
But though, by those who knew him not, he may be sneered at as an enthusiastic adventurer, abused as a hard-hearted despot, the universal testimony of everyone who came in contact with him in his adopted country, whether European, Malay, or Dyak, will be, that