In the barok (ritual hall) of this 32-door longhouse you can see about a dozen head-hunted skulls, bone white but tinged with green, hanging from the rafters. The longhouse custodian will give you a key to open the barok. Don't miss negotiating the rickety bamboo bridge behind the ticket office.

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