The Penan are some of the world’s last hunter gatherers, living in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Until recently most have been nomadic, wandering in small family groups, each with their own, fairly clearly demarcated territory. Some have never travelled more than 20 miles from their birthplace.
With the increased logging activity throughout Sarawak the Penan have lost their traditional way of life and are having to adapt to a settled lifestyle.
There are probably 12 - 15,000 Penan divided into two main groups - the Eastern and Western Penan. Most now have regular contact with other tribes and outsiders but a few small groups still have little or no contact with the outside world.