Bukitan people

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Bukitan people
Regions with significant populations
(East Kalimantan)
Bukitan, Malay, English
Christianity and Animism
Related ethnic groups
Ukit, Sian, Kejaman, Sekapan and Lahanan

Bukitan (also known as Baketan) is a small tribe living in the state of Sarawak, East Malaysia. They are found in Bintulu division. Not many of these people are left due to intermarriages with other tribes.

Cultural history[edit]

The origin of the Bukitan is from Palin, Kalimantan. They moved into Sarawak via Lubok Antu and settled there for a few years (legend has it was for about a few hundred years). Then, in came the marauding Ibans from Kapuas (in Kalimantan), a powerful headhunting tribe at that time, attacking them and chasing them out of their homeland.

They fled to Saribas which is what is now in the Betong Division. There, they settled and built their community. During those years, they co-existed with the Ibans, after a peace sealed by the marriage of the daughter of their leader Entinggi to the son of the Iban chief Tindin.

After many years, due to some misunderstandings, war broke out with the Ibans and they lost. They again fled to various places before settling in Sg. Merit, a tributary of Batang Tatau river in Bintulu division and its vicinity until today.

Evidence of Bukitan existence can be found in areas such as the Saribas (Paku, Layar and Rimbas) and Lubok Antu in the form of burial grounds, name of places and ancient orchards.