2018 saw the first time a Gawai cultural parade was held in the heart of Kuching ever since the 90s. Niti Daun is commonly performed in Iban longhouses or villages before Gawai. It was an amazing display of indigenous cultural identity, despite the heat. The day began with clear blue skies and despite a temporary… Continue reading Niti Daun 2018
Keling 2012 Ricky Jores wearing the ethnic Bidayuh warrior’s costume (finally a Bidayuh won!) Congratulations to the winners of the Kumang, Keligit and Keling of Borneo Hornbill Festival 2012 and the dancing teams this year. May the event run for years to come and be successful! Kumang Bidayuh: Theodosia Elicia Wilrode (Winner), Jessica Go (2nd… Continue reading Borneo Hornbill Festival 2012 by Warisan Sarawak
It was a rainy day on the 3rd of September 2011, all the way to late evening. Maybe that’s why the turnout was low, even with free food. The event started early, by noon many villagers opened up their stalls selling food, drinks and crafts. This year is the 2nd year it’s held, this time… Continue reading Gawai Tourism 2011 at Annah Rais
The generation of today is living in a world where they are offered a vast array of choices, whether in music, pop culture or dance. With that, comes the decline of interest in traditional arts, culture and music. It’s inevitable, as things are everchanging. The custodians of traditional culture are gradually declining, as fewer and… Continue reading What’s your ROOTS man???
I was missing for some time, busy with work, dance practices and my recent trip to KL with Anak Borneo. We participated in the Borneo Hornbill Festival 2011 in the dance category, doing a Memaloh Dance and a second Dance Medley, Borneo: The Land of Gawai Aramaiti. Those who know me would be surprised as… Continue reading Borneo Hornbill Festival 2011: My Anak Borneo Story