Tari Gelang Cultural Celebration into Borneo Dayak Ma”anyan Country.
On the 7th of April this year a very special event is taking place in East Barito regency, Central Kalimantan. Festival Tari Gelang is a bringing together of many sub tribes of the Dayak Maanyan people.
Dayak Dave Metcalf has decided to take a group of people to this very special and unique festival, to witness hundreds of dancers from the maanyan tribes perform traditional dancers and music, passed on down from the ancestors.
This will be a very authentic experience and I expect our group will be the only foreigners present.Dayak Dave attended the Ijame death ceremony in East Barito last year and wrote this story for Now Jakarta magazine.
But the Tari Gelang is not about death it’s a celebration of the rich and colourful Maanyan culture and will involve the younger generation and the wise ones, the wisdom keepers of the tribes.
We will be guided by Emmanuela Shinta, a Dayak Maaanyan who grew up in this area and is very passionate about her culture and excited to share it with those interested to come, learn and explore. And accompanied by Modesta Wisa, the founder of Sekolah Adat a program designed to preserve and regenerate indigenous cultures in Indonesia by bringing the elders together with the youth in the communities. The Maanyan people are very friendly and hospitable and love to welcome visitors.
They were featured in the documentary – The Answers Project
We will stay in homestays with the local people and eat traditional, delicious, healthy food, mostly from the forests and rivers of the area. This is a cultural tour but will be a fantastic opportunity for photographers and we will be doing lots of portrait photography for those interested.
The celebration begins with an opening parade on the 7 th, as all the contestants gather in their traditional clothing and parade through the town. Every night there is dancing, singing, traditional music and during the day we will meet and learn from story tellers, shaman, weavers, mothers and a deep insight into this extraordinary culture.
It is said that the Ma’anyan people arrived and settled on Madagascar island in 945 to 946 AD, sailing through the Indian Ocean on 1,000 leeboard sailboats. This is recorded on stone reliefs in Borobudur. In the oral literature of the Ma’anyan people, after the Nan Sarunai kingdom was attacked by the Majapahit kingdom, the Ma’anyan people broke up into several sub-group.
According to the Ma’anyan people, before they had begun occupying the current regions, they came from the downstream of South Kalimantan. The Maanyan have been invited to the Indigenous celebration event in Bali from May 11 – 13 however need some help with funding to cover the costs of travel, so profits from this cultural tour will go to support this endeavour.
For more information and a detailed itinerary please contact Dave at email@example.com or 08111331255.
The group leaves Bali on the morning of April 6 th and flys to Palangkaraya. It is a 5 – 6 hour drive in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, to the village where we will stay.
We return to Palangkaraya on the 11 th morning which is where the tour ends, but there is an option for those interested to stay on in Palangkaraya and visit the Orangutans.
We require a $ 500 USD deposit to secure your place.
Full payment is due by March 31
Please click here to put your deposit down via Paypal.
David Metcalf is a resident of Bali and has been travelling, writing and photographing throughout Indonesia for the past decade. David has held several exhibitions in Jakarta and Bali since 2002. He opened Taksu Photo Gallery in Ubud, Bali, in 2015 and uses the power of photography to educate and encourage positive social change.
David leads photography tours to Bali and Java, the USA, Myanmar, India and other destinations. He is involved in many projects in Kalimantan supporting Dayak culture and the environment.
Keyword search: Bali Photography, Borneo Photo Tour, Cultural Tour, Indonesian Photography, Landscape Photography, Borneo Tour, Isen Mulang Festival, Nagaland and Assam India, Borneo Eco Jungle Camp, Myanmar Photo Workshop, Myanmar Photo Workshop, USA Southwest, Korea Photography Tour, Ubud Bali
Web design by adipramono.com