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Pulau Sapi, Lundayeh Village Malinau North Kalimantan

Location : Desa Pulau Sapi, Kecamatan Mentarang, Kabupaten Malinau, Kalimantan Utara, Indonesia.

The name of this village was named after a buffalo found at the delta next to it along the Sesayap River. This Lundayeh village is big compared to most of the villages we came across. The Sunday morning that we arrived at the village, it was very quiet as most of the people were in church. The iconic giant crocodile situated next to the function hall greeted us just like every Lundayeh villages. It is interesting how this tribe ‘People of the upper river’ idolize the fearsome reptile to a point of worshipping it. It must have done a lot of damage to the tribe in their ancestors’ days.

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Face off with the Lundayeh icon

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Palau Sapi’s function hall

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We waited quite a while for the key to the hall as we wanted to check out its mural paintings and carvings. When the key finally came we were led into the hall by Mr Edy and Madam Martina who happened to be the chief dancing instructor of the village here.

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The dance guru Madam Martina

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Testing the Lundayeh xylophone

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Madam Martina seemed very determine that the young girls in the village learned the traditional art. She also invited us to come back that afternoon to witness the dancing class but we were too busy as it was our last day in Malinau. Perhaps, someday we will be back as Pulau Sapi is usually the venue for major Lundayeh events. We thanked Edy and Martina for their time and off to Sesua village next.

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