Location : Kecamatan Ngabang, Kabupaten Landak, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia.
Probably one of the most colourful event in Borneo. The men were all lined up in front of the Rumah Radakng dressed in their fearsome outfit looking handsome indeed. Beautiful long feathers of peacock, pheasant, hornbill and eagle adorned their headgears. Skulls of different species of monkeys were neatly arranged on their tree bark armours while wild boar tusks and beads were strung as necklaces to add to their invincibility. Mandau or machete strapped to their hips somewhat raised them to ‘Panglima’ status at least for once in a year. Their numbers could strike fear to any newcomer to this Borneo event. The ladies had simpler taste compared to the men but still looked good in mostly single coloured attires.
Catching up with old friends
Owl in one hand and mandau in the other, dancer presenting his talent before the VIPs
Invited guest a Kenyah from Central Kalimantan
Checking out a handsome young warrior
Among some of the replicas
The Governor of Kalimantan Barat, a Landak native, Dr. Cornelius finally arrived to cut the red bamboo to officiate the opening of the event. Although the speech he gave was quite long, the crowd looked pretty entertained judging by the numerous applause and laughter, evidence of a very good public speaker.
Red bamboo for the cutting ceremony
Ritual before opening
Dr Cornelis giving his speech
The highlight of the day finally kicked off with each group representing different districts of Landakdisplayed their dance in front of the VIP stand before proceeding to the Dangoto present their offerings to God Jubata. See you again in 2018. Next….side trips in and around Ngabang.