The Malaris are descendants of Dayak Meratus. Formerly Dayak in South Kalimantan is the second oldest Dayak tribe after the Dayak tribe Kutai. However, the existence of Dayak tribe in South Kalimantan is getting shifted to the outskirts and inland like exactly what we encounter in Malaris.
Besides being called the Dayak tribe of Meratus, the Melaris are also called dayak hills or dayak upstream. This is because their residence is located in the upper river and in the foothills of the mountains meratus which is also a border between South Kalimantan and East Kalimantan.
The Meratus mountains are rich in agricultural products such as gold and forest products such as cinnamon, rattan and rubber. Forest products are their source of livelihood. So their job is to farm or what is often called bahuma. They planted mountain rice, cinnamon, candlenut, tapped rubber (sap), rattan, resin, honey and others.