Give a brief description about the woodcutter community of Java the Kalangs.
- The Kalangs of Java were skilled forest cutters and they practised shifting cultivation.
- They were so valuable that when the kingdom of Java split, the Kalang families were equally divided between two kingdoms.
- Without them, it was difficult to harvest teak and build kings’ palaces.
- The Dutch tried to make the Kalangs work under them.
- In 1770, the Kalangs resisted by attacking a Dutch fort but they were suppressed.