Google Doodle honours Sarawak-born ethnographer Benedict Sandin

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 18 Oct 2020


PETALING JAYA: Google honoured Sarawak-born folklorist and ethnographer Benedict Sandin on Sunday (Oct 18), by featuring him on their doodle on the occasion of his 102nd birthday.

Sandin served as the curator of the Sarawak Museum, the oldest museum in Borneo.

He was born in 1918, in the Kerangan Pinggai longhouse located in the Saribas basin of Saratok.

Sandin, who is Iban, earned scholarly acclaim as one of the world's foremost experts on the culture and dedicated his life to the preservation of his native heritage.

"It was his father who first introduced him to the poetic Iban language, which Sandin went on to master and champion. In 1941, Sandin began work in the Sarawak civil service, and his gift for writing eventually led to an assignment as the editor of Pembrita – the first news publication in the Iban language.

"His articles attracted the attention of the Sarawak Museum's curator, who recruited him to join the museum's staff in a special post in 1952," Google said in a note.

Sandin was then accepted into a Unesco fellowship program in New Zealand, where he studied museum techniques and anthropology.

He returned home determined to chronicle the Iban history, culture, and language by absorbing and recording the wisdom of local genealogists, bards, and historians.

As a testament to Sandin's invaluable ethnographic achievements, he was named the Curator of the Sarawak Museum and Government Ethnologist in 1966, a position he held for the better part of a decade.

Sandin passed away on Aug 7,1982 aged 64.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Nation

Local vessel seized for fishing in prohibited zone off Penang
Perikatan mulls possibility of working with PH to avoid clashes in GE15, says Muhyiddin
High tide phenomenon: Six bunds collapsed, affecting 30 homes in Perak
Enact political funding law before GE15, say NGOs
Kudat the 'Bali of Borneo' has great potential for rural tourism
Khairy to head Malaysian delegation at WHA75 in Geneva
Shipping license requirement does not hinder undersea cable projects, says Dr Wee
Shah Alam student dies in motorcycle crash
More new faces to be fielded in GE15, says Loke
Anti-Drug Agency to add 110 officers to Mobile Recovery Treatment teams

Others Also Read