Singapore: Oxford University Press, 1990. Reissue. Trade Paperback. Used - Very Good. Clean, unmarked, tight. Illustrated in black and white. Index. Fold-out map. 13 x 19.5 cm. 318 pp. Item #14062
Ivor Evans, most of whose career was spent as a museum curator in Peninsular Malaysia, was a pioneer in Malaysian ethnography and archeology. It was on this first posting to British North Borneo (now Sabbah and part of Malaysia) in 1910 that the happy idea of devoting his life to studying the cultures of that country first occurred to him, and he fell permanently under the spell of the land and people. He died there in 1957.
Among Primitive Peoples in Borneo, which was published in 1922, encompass ethnographic observation, cultural history and colonial and personal perspectives, but it also doubles as a vivid and enjoyable piece of travel writing. It is written in an unpretentious and frankly subjective style and has all the intimacy of a notebook. Nothing since published on North Borneo quite matches its good-humoured enthusiasm, and Ivor Evans's enchantment with the country of Sabah shines through on almost every page. The reprint is introduced by Dr Brian Durrans of the Museum of Mankind, London.