Kelirieng: Death Pole of the Punan Bah

On January 25, non-profit organisation (NGO), The Sarawak Initiatives (TSI) announced funding for a research initiative to map and evaluate the conditions of all existing ‘kelirieng’ of the Punan communities in Belaga and Kapit.

Headhunters of Borneo

Throughout history, the Ibans were the greatly-feared headhunters of Borneo. Today, headhunting remains but more as a ritual symbol in Sarawak.

Allure, mysticism, folklore in the dances of Sarawak

The diversity in the traditional dances of Sarawak is a result of having people from so many different cultural backgrounds living harmoniously, proudly calling themselves Sarawakians. This Visit Sarawak, come and be fully immersed in the cultural dances of Sarawak. Among the most famous cultural dances are the Ngajat of the Iban folk, the Hornbill Dance of the Kenyah tribe, the Eagle Dance of the Bidayuh and the traditional Melanau dance known as Alu Alu.

The flags of Sarawak

Since the Brooke’s occupation to the formation of Malaysia, the Sarawak flag has evolved so much over the course of years. In commemorating Sarawak Day on July 22, let’s look back at all the flags of Sarawak since Brooke’s time, and uncover the stories behind each one of the flags.

Get to know: The Bidayuh of Sarawak

Bidayuh is the second largest indigenous ethnic group in Sarawak after the Iban. The Bidayuh people are also knowns as the Land Dayak. In fact, the name Bidayuh itself means ‘people of the land’.

Beautiful sounds of bamboo

Many of the traditional instruments of the ethnic groups here are made out of bamboo, which grows abundantly in the forests of Sarawak. It is for this reason that it comes as no surprise why many of the tribes in the Land of the Hornbills play bamboo musical instruments that are in many ways similar in appearance and functionality to one another.

Keeping Bidayuh Gawai traditions alive

Gawea Sowa or what is more commonly known today as Gawai Dayak has long been an integral part of the culture of the Bidayuh folks. For them, as it is for the Iban and other Dayak folks observing it, Gawai marks the end of the rice harvest season and is held to celebrate a bountiful yield.

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