Traditional tribal dwellings have been recreated in this section and one can just walk around to see how different tribes lived and functioned as a community.
Found mostly in Kudat, Kota Marudu and Pitas districts of North Sabah, the Rungus are farmers who mainly cultivate maize, tapioca and hill paddy. They live in a longhouse called Binatang, which are most often built near a water source. A longhouse like the name suggests is a long house with many families living under the same roof, with each family have their own individual rooms. These houses are primarily built of bamboo. The longhouse is divided into two main sections, sid apad (outside) and dan sid ongkob (inside). The outside area consists of multi functional open space for resting, entertaining guests and a space for social activities like dancing and doing craft. There is a separate area for visitors to wash their feet. The inside of each room has a space for the family to sleep, a dining area, a cooking area and a cleaning area.
The Rungus are known for their intricate beadwork.
As we walked through the houses, we saw a small hut where human skulls were hanging. Headhunting was practiced widely in Borneo in the past and it is a custom that was integral to the lives of some of the tribal communities of the island. What we were looking at was a Bangkavan or a collection of human skulls suspended from rafters in a traditional Kadazandusun house. Often seashells and bones were added too. A relic of the headhunting days, it was believed that hanging skulls would bring good fortune to the household.