Bukitan (also known as Baketan) is a small tribe living in the state of
Sarawak, East Malaysia. They are found in Bintuludivision. Not many of these people are left due to intermarriages with other tribes.
Their origin is from Palin,
Kalimantan. They moved in to Sarawak via Lubok Antuand settled there for a few years (legend has it was for about a few hundred years). Then, in came the marauding Ibans from Kapuas(in Kalimantan), a powerful headhuntingtribe at that time, attacking them and chasing them out of their homeland.
They fled to
Saribaswhich is what is now in the Betong Division. There, they settled and built their community. During those years, they co-existed with the Ibans, after a peace sealed by the marriage of the daughter of their leader Entinggito the son of the Iban chief Tindin. After many years, due to some misunderstandings, war broked out with the Ibans and they lost. They again fled to various places before settling in Sg. Merit, Bintuluand its vicinity until today.
Evidence of Bukitan existence can be found in areas such as the
Saribas(Paku, Layarand Rimbas) and Lubok Antuin the form of burial grounds, name of places & ancient orchards.
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