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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 11:06 a.m. PST

I know it's a long shot, but does anyone have any information on Dayak (also known as Saribas) war flags and banners? I am running a game set in Borneo and I would like to decorate the pirate fort with appropriate flags. I know the Dayaks decorated the sterns of their war boats (prahus) with ornate carvings, feathers and streamers – any reference of those would also be greatly appreciated.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

Nick, I'm not sure this will work for the period, but here is a link to flags of the Indodesian states -


Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 12:12 p.m. PST

Hi Nick. Thank you! Some of these look very promising.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 3:28 p.m. PST

I painted up 4units of Dayaks last year..and from what I read ..researched .I don't remember any Flags..I hope I;m wrong ,because I would love some..

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2017 4:58 p.m. PST

I only saw them mentioned as flying above a fort. Come to think of it, they might have been Malay pirate flags. I will have to check my references.

Henry Martini26 Jul 2017 5:30 p.m. PST

That seems more likely; the notion of flags strikes me as alien to a hunter-gatherer people.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

I was wrong, references are to Malay pirate leaders, not Dayaks. From The Pirate Wind – Tales of the Sea-Robbers of Malaya by Owen Rutter, on Serip Usman's stronghold: "while the large fort, above which flew Usman's standard – a tiger on a red ground -". And on the attack on the Brunei forts: "As the steamer neared the batteries ahead the colours (chequered yellow and white) were hoisted and the gunners, dressed in scarlet, were seen ready for action, with lighted matches in their hands".

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