Penan are nomadic aboriginal people who live in one of the most biologically rich forests of the world – specifically, in South East Asia, Borneo. They are amongst the last hunter-gatherer tribes that view the rainforest as their home. Up until the 1960s, most Penan lived nomadically and some still do, although many others have settled in villages.
They are most noted for their kind and gentle nature, which fosters a strong communal bond and a meticulous process of sharing. The root of their culture is ‘Molong’ – meaning never taking more than necessary, and ‘See Hun’ – meaning the failure to share – a most serious social offence.