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 (dā′ăk′) or Dy·ak (dī′-)
n. pl. Dayak or Day·aks also Dyak or Dy·aks
1. A member of any of various Indonesian peoples inhabiting Borneo.
2. The language of the Dayak.

[Dayak Daya, Dayaq, upcountry (sense uncertain), Dayak.]
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n, pl -aks or -ak
(Peoples) a variant spelling of Dyak
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or Dy•ak

(ˈdaɪ æk, -ək)

n., pl. -aks, (esp. collectively) -ak.
a member of any of a number of peoples inhabiting the interior of S and E Indonesian Borneo and S Sarawak.
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She said Article 161A(7) should list out all the indigenous races of Sarawak, including proposing adding the words 'or Ibans' after the words 'Sea Dayaks', the words 'or Bidayuhs' after the words 'Land Dayaks' and the words 'or Lun Bawang' after the word 'Muruts'.
1959 The Land Dayaks. In: Tom Harrisson, ed., The Peoples of Sarawak, Kuching: Sarawak Museum, pp.
The Malaysian definition for the term 'Dayak' is provided by Article 161 A of the Malaysian Constitution whereby 'Dayak' refers specifically to two native groups in Sarawak, namely the Ibans or Sea Dayaks and the Bidayuhs or Land Dayaks. Following the passing of the interpretation (Amendment) Bill 2002 at the State legislative assembly in Kuching, Sarawak on 6 May, 2002, the Bidayuh communities were no longer to be referred to as 'Land Dayak' - the terminology given by the Brooke and Colonial administration in the olden days.
Above: Land Dayaks, or Bidayuh, with long blow pipes, Sarawak, 1896.
Under Mahkota, inequities in trading to the disadvantage of the Land Dayaks continued.
During the colonial era, they were often included in an indeterminate group referred to as "Land Dayaks," while later, following the establishment of Central Kalimantan as a separate province, they came to be called the Kotawaringin Dayaks because they inhabit the Kotawaringin kabupaten.
In between filming The Land Dayaks of Borneo and The Souls of the Rice, Geddes produced a film on his research among the Blue Miao of Thailand, which Gardner refers to as presenting "the delicacy, even musicality, of Miao life."

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