The Kenjaman
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The Kenjaman

Ancient villagers

Ancient villagers

With their small population, the Kenjaman people largely live in two villages; Rumah Kejaman and Rumah Kejaman Ba. Experience life alongside the Rejang River with a community working to keep its language and spirit alive.


  • Region is Southern Asia

  • Climate here is Tropical

  • The challenge here is Medium

  • This trip has been rated 5 by other travelers



Natural resources were essential for their livelihood and in the past there were clear divisions of labor. However, most of the young generations now leave their villages for work in the cities.


They live in communal longhouse-style buildings, separated into individual dwellings for each family.


Social Structure

Their social structure used to follow a caste system including nobility and commoners, but is now more informal.


While many still follow the native tradition, some have now converted to Christianity.


Similar to other small tribes in Sarawak, the Kejamen have a rich heritage of body modification including tattoos and piercings.


The Kejaman language is currently in danger of disappearing. When speaking with other groups, they speak languages such as Bahasa Melayu or English.


Suwey is a Kejaman traditional dance performed for festivities or celebrations and to honor guests. In 2016 the tribe set Malaysia's record for the highest number of people to participate in the dance at once.


The Kejamen believe in hospitality, so many celebrations center on welcoming visitors.
Further knowledge

Further knowledge

In 2016, they created a picture dictionary in order to preserve their native language in collaboration with Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.

Photo credit: River Melinau

Photo credit: Sarawak woman

Photo credit: Sarawak cultural village

Photo credit: Man fishing

Photo credit: Sarawak river

Photo credit: Longhouse in Sarawak