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The Batek of Malaysia
By: Bre Wil
ANT101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ACS1249I) Instructor: Megan Douglass
Submitted: January 21, 2013

Outline
The Batek of Malaysia
A) The Batek of Malaysia
a) Foragers
B) Three Scholarly research Journal that will be used for research b) Background
c) Languages
d) Symbolism
C) Aspects of Culture
e) Kinship
f) Social Organization
g) Sickness and Healing
D) Political Life
h) Government
i) Leadership and Political Officials
j) Social Problems and Control

The Batek a tribe is one of a small number of which still functions as the customary ways of their people. With little influence from the outside world, it is interesting to study why it is that they haven’t changed and adapted to the ways of the outside world. Malaysian past reflects the influence of the long sequence of its immigrants and invaders brought with them the only one of its kind culture which has a big outcome on Malaysian culture. Migration and Colonialism had the biggest impact on creating a multicultural and a diverse country. The Batek of Malaysia foraging way of life allows them to move when and where they wish. It also allows them to engage in numbers of economical activities. The problem they will be forced to face is that the logging processes and development schemes to which the Malaysian government is committed are rapidly reducing the amount of virgin forest left in Kelantan that can support the hunting and gathering lifestyle the Batek prefer. The government, through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, has been attempting to encourage the Batek to give up their traveling life. They want them to settle down and take up swidden agriculture. The JOA or Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli, appears to genuinely believe it would be a big step up from what they are use to.

The Batek of Malaysia are aboriginal people that have a population of about...
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