Location : Desa Bukit Rawi, Kecamatan Kahayan Tengah, Kabupaten Pulang Pisau, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia.
Our second day adventure in Palangka Raya started with a 30 minutes ride to a Ngaju village at Bukit Rawi, north of Palangkaraya. Regretted not buying a mask. It was very dusty on some parts of the ride. As we entered the village road, Kornelius stopped us to show and explain some of the edible wild berries along side the road.
We were interrupted by the beatings of gong coming from the village. Hurried to the source and found out that it was a Ngaju wedding ceremony going on. Without hesitation the hosts invited us in to take photos. We gladly accepted. The bridegroom was in striking red attire but the bride had yet to make her appearance. Apologies, we had to leave without her photos.
My conversation on the subject of rattan with Kornelius brought us to the house of a very sweet rattan weaver in the person of Tambi (which means granny) Atar. Her glistening silvery hair sure enhanced her beauty as well as her weaving skill.
Tambi Atar & her younger brother
Besides her skillful finger and toes, she had a dozen other tools to help produce her rattan bags which she sold in town. She also took the trouble to give us the name of every individual tool and described the stages of processing. Interesting to learned that some tools were gender determined. Men’s knives are shaped differently from the ladies’.
We took our last few photos with her and thanked her for the crash course. I would strongly recommend tour guides to include her in their packages. Take note Kornelius!
The process of Dayak Ngaju lady weaving rattan bag: stripping, peeling, thinning, weaving.
Next on the agenda was the visits to many colourful ‘sandungs’ (Dayak ancestral bone house) of the Ngaju. Sandung is a tomb for the collection of bones of family members after the ground burial and maybe exhumed a year later (depending on the living family’s financial status) in a ceremony called ‘tiwah’. (For more info on this subject please check out this link –www.borneotourgigant.com/Tiwah.html )
Sandung Tamanggung Lawak Sura Jaya Pati
For the last sandung visit we rode to the vicinity of Tuwong to take photos of Meldy’s grandfather’s tomb. It was here at Meldy’s convenience store that we took our lunch break. Enjoy the chat with him and his family too.
Sandung next to the store
Also please check out our posts on
- Bukit Raya Guesthouse
- Sei (sungei) Gohong, Kaja Island
- Taman Eden, Danau Lais
- River cruise along Kahayan River
- Taman Wisata Kum Kum
- Kereng Bangkirai Jetty
- Bandara Udara Tjilik Riwut Airport
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