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12.59 p.m. - The Dayaks live in longhouses and their size are determined by the number of doors it consists of. Some longhouse can have up to 30 doors meaning that there are thirty families living in it. The front part is usually an open verandah used as a drying area. Once we step inside we will see a long empty space which is the common living room. It is here that most daily activities take place cloth weaving, pounding, net making, carving, making mat and baskets, socializing in the evening and the occasional meeting with the headman. From the living room you can see a row of doors which lead you into the bedrooms, one for each family. As this space is usually not enough for the whole family, the youngsters (especially boys) will sleep in the living room at night. Behind the bedroom is the kitchen. Bathing and laundry is always in the river close by.
This particular longhouse has undergone some changes and is slightly different from the original traditional ones. As it is just along the side of a main road so it enjoys modern amenities like piped water supply; electricity; telephone and television services.

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