I am a pure Kayan, one of many races who called Sarawak home from God knows hundreds years ago.
When I was handed the assignment to interview this American anthropologist who actually really going out there and put all Kayan epics into writing, I thought the job was going to be easy.
But as I went into my research, I learnt more about my culture and ancestors.
It was familiar; all about it. The stories faces, names, places everything was so familiar.
The familiarity smelled like Christmas. I remember years back when I sat in the kitchen with my mum baking Christmas cookies, she told me some legends of my ancestors.
In one way, I was impressed by the anthropologist. I was impressed by her work and dedication into it.
I was also inspired by her. I want to do what she does.
But can I? I have so many things in my hands now. Well, not exactly. I pretty much have a lot free times.
I don’t know. Maybe one day. One day, I just pack my bag, go to a random Kayan longhouse and start to write their stories.
Here is the article on Stef Morgan and her work in writing down Kayan epics. Click this link.