Never before has the Dayak culture been described from the inside, by an indigenous woman born and raised in the rainforest listening to the stories and legends of her tribe, who are famous as the "head- hunters of Borneo." In this vivid memoir - that speaks to readers everywhere about the powerful effects of change - Riska tells us what it means to move in one's lifetime from a rainforest culture to the modern world.
About Riska Orpa Sari
Riska Orpa Sari, 29, lives in Kalimantan, Borneo.
Linda Spalding, in her Introduction, tells of meeting Riska in 1995 when she visited Borneo to research her latest book, The Follow. She is also a novelist, most recently of The Paper Wife, and editor of Brick, A Literary Journal. She lives in Toronto.
Carol Colfer is an anthropologist who lives and works in Indonesia, and has a particular interest in forest cultures.
About Linda Spalding
LINDA SPALDING was born in Kansas and lived in Mexico and Hawaii before immigrating to Canada in 1982. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Daughters of Captain Cook, The Paper Wife, and (with her daughter Esta) Mere. Her nonfiction includes The Follow (Canadian title, short-listed for the Trillium Book Award and the Pearson Writers’ Trust Prize, and published in the US as A Dark Place in the Jungle), Riska: Memories of a Dayak Girlhood (shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize), and Who Named the Knife. She has been awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the Canadian literary community. The Purchase received Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and its Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Spalding lives in Toronto, where she is the editor of Brick magazine.
Visit Linda's website at www.lindaspalding.com.
"You'll never forget Riska." --Now
"[A] lovely memoir--a rare and valuable record [and] a thoroughly original account of growing up in the rain forests of Borneo.-- Fresh, direct writing and sparkling, meandering connections between thoughts, snatches of conversation and memory." -The Globe and Mail
"A captivating story--and a stunning and insightful testament to her life and the life of her people." -Winnipeg Free Press
"Riska ought to be essential reading--A totally enchanting and beguiling autobiography [that] provides valuable insights into the past, present and future of Borneo's first inhabitants. " -Woman Newsmagazine