Learn from community masters & practitioners.
Weaving, beading, dancing, singing or traditional music.
These are amongst the many skills practiced by the indigenous communities of Borneo for generations as part of their cultural heritage.
Here’s a chance for you to get a glimpse and learn the same methods the community teachers themselves would impart onto their next generation.
The Tuyang Initiative works with Talents who are acknowledged by their communities as masters or practitioners of their traditional art forms.
Mathew Ngau Jau
Sape Master performer and maker
Mathew Ngau Jau, of the Kenyah Ngorek tribe, is known as Keeper of the Ngorek Songs, from Long Semiang in Ulu Baram.
He is one of the few professional Sape players in Borneo and is recognised as the undisputed authority on the instrument.
His musical work is based on age-old Sape techniques, which he also highlights in his own contemporary and innovative compositions. His appearances internationally have not only brought the Sape to the world audience, it has also given the younger generation of the region a fresh interest in this cultural heritage.
In 2015, Mathew was awarded Living National Heritage by the Malaysian government.
For info and updates, visit www.mathewngaujau.com
SAPE : The long lute-like stringed instrument made from a single bole of wood which is hallowed out. The strings were originally made by the fibre from the sago palm tree and played for healing rites as it was capable of bringing about a trance state.
Adrian Jo Milang
Adrian is not your typical 21-year old. He can teach you about epic warrior stories and beautiful epic poems…told in the Kayan language and in song.
This is the Kayan oral art form of the Parap and Takna’ in which outsiders would only typically experience as part of a visit to a longhouse or to a Kayan event.
Adrian who is based in Bintulu, but whose family is from Tubau, is immensely passionate about sharing this art form in other Kayan villages as well as locally & internationally as means to ensure its preservation for generations to come.
For info and updates, visit www.adrianjomilang.com
Without much financial support, Adrian proactively travels through Sarawak and Kalimantan to learn from the elders in various Kayan communities. He also makes observations and studies on the commonalities and differences in Parap or Takna’ practices to ensure it is captured before the elders forget or pass on.
TAKNA’ : Traditional oral art form, which are often epics of the fiercest warriors, delivered in poetic song. It is lead by a Tukang Takna’ and backed up by a chorus, called the Tukang Habe.
Traditional craft maker
Rose Belarek is from Long Tungan in Baram. With over 30 years of experience across a multitude of traditional craft making skills namely weaving, beading and embroidery, she has ventured into efforts to contemporarize traditional designs to suit the taste of the modern market.
Rose is also working with rural communities to ensure responsible and sustainable extraction of raw materials like bamboo and tree bark. This gives income for the community and allow craft makers to focus on the design and production.
Rose, with her husband Jarau Braim also choreograph traditional Kenyah dance performances and cultural demonstrations. They have performed and exhibited both locally and internationally.
Rose also conducts crafts workshops in rural villages so the women can use their crafts-making skills as a tool to relief poverty.
SABU ULENG : The “Sabu Uleng” (Kenyah) which means, the “necklace with red pendant” is a traditional piece worn by the Orang Ulu community. Traditionally, it is shaped and designed from rare and durable materials such as stone and glassbeads. It was once believed that the owners of such beads render power to it.
- Classes and workshops (Private & Group)
- Cultural demonstrations, talks & exhibitions
- Consultancy in traditional Dayak cultural heritage
- Traditional Dayak talents in areas of performance arts
- Private or commercial art and craft commissions
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