The word "Bood" is a term of the Western Semai (a gentle, aboriginal people who live on the Malay peninsula) and translates roughly as "reluctant or shy."
The Burma 'Sea Gypsies' Compendium
The Burma 'Sea Gypsies' Compendium was written in June 2004 by Project Maje,
an independent information project on Burma's human rights and environmental
There are interesting parallels between the "Sea Gypsies" of Burma
and the Orang
Seletar of Malaysia.
Center for Orang Asli Concerns
COAC's new web site, featuring Info on the Orang Asli, Orang Asli initiatives,
Papers on the Orang Asli, Image galleries, and the COAC book catalogue.
All images are by Colin Nicholas unless otherwise stated.
A Glimpse of Orang Asli Life at Tasik Chini
Peter A. van der Helm's web site with photographs of
life in the Orang Asli community of Tasik Chini near the
mountain called Gunung Chini in the state of Pahang.
MAGICK RIVER is a rainbow alliance of individuals with
diverse talents, promoting
ecospiritual activities and community arts projects that
involve the Temuan - who for countless generations have guarded
the rainforests and sacred sites of Pertak, Ulu Selangor,
their ancestral home.
The Orang Asli of Peninsular Malaysia
By Colin Nicholas, Center for Orang Asli Concerns. An overview, history, and discussion of concerns of the Orang Asli.
A reference and news resource about societies around
the world that have developed highly peaceful social conditions.
People of the Lake & Forest: The Semelai of Tasek Bera
By Rosemary Gianno. The exhibition was jointly created by the Peabody Museum of Natural History Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Keene State College.
Sagong Tasi and Orang Asli Land Rights in Malaysia: Victory, Milestone or False Start?
Article by Cheah Wui Ling, published in the electronic journal, Law, Social Justice and Global Development (2004/2).
The Temiar are one of many groups of Orang Asli that live
in Malaysia. The Temiar are an easy going peaceful people, and like
many minorities in countries around the world, are slowly
being pushed from their homelands by international timber
companies, hydraulic power companies, and the Malaysian
governments attempts to settle them out of the forest into
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