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Balan the Blowpipe Maker


Only a few elders of Borneo’s Penan tribe still know how to make their unique hunting tool, the blowpipe. Balan is the last person in his village who practices the dying craft.

This short film is an extract from the 30 minute documentary Sunset Over Selungo.

A year after the original filming, I returned to Borneo and was able to record Balan's rare knowledge of making ‘tajem’ - the unique poison used by his people for hunting. You can watch the process in the short film below.

How To Make Poison