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Bernard Sellato

Bernard Sellato was born in 1951, has an M.Sc. in geology and a Ph.D in Anthropology from the Sorbonne in Paris and spent many years in Kalimantan researching history, languages and cultures.

Sellato's first trip to Borneo was in 1973 and he spent seven years traveling mostly on foot and researching linguistics and anthropology in the forests of the Muller Range, and was adopted by an Aoheng family and became known as Suling Dirung.

In 1988, Sellato was commissioned by two petroleum companies, Elf Aquitaine Indonesia and Elf Aquitaine Malaysia to write an art book on Borneo which took a year of research and writing – the resulting work "Hornbill and Dragon" was published in 1989.

In addition to writing over seven works himself, Sellato has also edited or co-edited six books and contributed a number of articles to books and journals primarily about Borneo. He is a former director of the Institute for Research on Southeast Asia (CNRS and Universite de Provence) in Marseilles, France and was the editor of the bilingual journal Moussons: Social Science Research on Southeast Asia from 1999 to 2008.

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Gender : male

Date of Birth : 1951

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