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Day·ak

 (dā′ăk′) or Dy·ak (dī′-)
n. pl. Dayak or Day·aks also Dyak or Dy·aks
1. A member of any of various Indonesian peoples inhabiting Borneo.
2. The language of the Dayak.

[Dayak Daya, Dayaq, upcountry (sense uncertain), Dayak.]
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Harrisson himself still used "Sea Dayak" in an article in 1955, and in his introduction as editor to Sandin's Westward Migration of the Sea Dayaks he wrote that, "when they met Europeans as pirates in the last century, they earned their present common name, Sea Dayak" (1956: 54).
Further clashes between native Dayaks and migrant Madurese in the city of Kuala Kapuas on Borneo Island have left 17 people dead and dozens of houses destroyed, with hundreds of people fleeing the region, the state-run news agency Antara reported Friday.
In comparison with the Chinese and the Malays,(7) Dayaks were rather late in forming "modern" associations.
2) From Masuk Melayu to Dayak Islam: Islamization of Dayaks and Dayakization of Malays by Greg Acciaioli, the University of Western Australia.
THE year was 1863 and a large force of Dayaks was racing inland in search of rebel leaders who had committed heinous crimes, as rebel leaders are wont to do.
18) In 1997, around 600 Madurese were killed in conflicts between Dayaks and Madurese in the regency of Sanggau.
This study begins with discussion of ethnicity and politics and then studies the Dayaks over time--prior to 1945, and through the decades to 2005--with discussion of each era's political power developments.
One of the most significant ethnic distinctions in Borneo is that between those peoples locally termed Dayak (Dayaks) and those locally termed Melayu (Malays).
The Indonesian province of West Kalimantan entered the international spotlight in 1996-97 and again in 1999 as a result of massive ethnic violence that involved Dayaks, Malays and Madurese.
There, he lived among the Iban Dayaks, a tribe of former headhunters facing 20th-century problems: the eradication of many tropical diseases had resulted in a burgeoning Iban population, making their traditional economy untenable.
In fact, instances of peaceful intergroup coexistence, such as the relationship between Christian Dayaks, Muslims and the minority Chinese population in Sanggau, can serve as positive examples for people in other parts of Indonesia.
In 2001, long-simmering tensions in Borneo between indigenous Dayaks and migrant Madurese, originating from Java island, erupted in the town of Sampit in Central Kalimantan Province, sparked also by a simple criminal case.