The Kenyahs are highly artistic people living in the interiors of Borneo. Unlike their Orang Ulu counterpart the Kayan, Kenyah is a collective term for groups of people sharing a similar culture and linguistic origin, yet distinct from the Kayan. Oral traditions has it that the Kenyahs arrived from across the sea (China?) and landed… Continue reading Evolution of the Kenyah cosmology
A song by the Kenyah: Pemongjai telu tuyang… alem ini alem ini edang bulan… alem, alem ini… edang, edang bulan…. atek’lan, nelana lo ina…. tuyang… Alem ini telu tuyang pemongjai… Pemongjai tawai Pemonjai telu tuyang… Nela ne… Telu tuyang….
A Kenyah peselai group, 1930, with Dutch photographer HF Tillema Peselai, an ancient ritual of the Kenyahs of Borneo, is a coming of age journey undertaken by men to discover new lands, wealth and trading. It is the equivalent of the Iban’s bejalai. … peselai is a rite of passage with deep roots to the… Continue reading The Kenyah Peselai, and the aftermath of Konfrontasi
Photos taken from The B-Side Dec 2014 Excerpts taken from “The Malaysian roadless trip” by Adeline Ooi & Dave Lumenta (Dec 2013, The B-Side) On a feature wall in the Sarawak Museum is a huge Tree of Life painting done by the Long Nawang Kenyahs in 1960. According to Tom Harrison, then curator of the… Continue reading Mural Painted by Long Nawang Kenyahs, 1960
End of the year. Dengan bersemangatnya saya membersihkan rumah dan stor. And look what I found… It’s a banner about 5 metres long,1 metre wide.Not totally complete, some shading and coloring not finished yet. The signature says Tusau. Tusau Padan? It was given by the family of a late uncle. They couldn’t keep it because… Continue reading Look what I found in the store