Education New Zealand and the Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies partnered up with The Tuyang Initiative to take part as co-host in a cross cultural appreciation dialogue via Facebook Live with special performances by our practitioners on October 28, 2020. The intention of this dialogue was to bring awareness towards indigenous communities in today’s society by having them take the lead in representation through practices and multi media. Moreover, the… Read More »ENZ X The Tuyang Initiative: Cross Cultural Appreciation Dialogue
In the words of our co-founder Juvita and Community Manager Adrian, the stories told by our elders embodies peoplehood, identity and continuity. Having our oral stories documented allows for the world and younger generations to be educated and engaged on Sarawak’s origins. Dayak Lore: Part 1 is a multi-story colouring book conceptualised during the peak of 2020 pandemic inspired by feedback from followers and supporters on our collection of Sarawakian… Read More »Dayak Lore: Tales of Sarawak encapsulated into a colouring story book.
Alena Murang is a Dayak-European woman who sings and composes songs in the Kelabit and Kenyah language. She is also one of the first woman to play the Sape’ under the tutelage of Mathew Ngau Jau. Liling was composed in 2016 for her album Flight and the song is considered the unofficial Orang Ulu anthem that is sung by numerous people in the longhouses of Borneo. Mathew Ngau Jau, Malaysia’s… Read More »Liling: Gawai At Home Project
Culture Del Mondo Association from Rome, Italy created a new initiative called Piccoli Grandi Concert (Little Great Concerts), a series of high quality concerts showcasing artists from all over the world performing their music in their own space and setting during the Covid-19 Pandemic General Lockdown. Mathew Ngau Jau, Malaysia’s Living National Heritage was graciously invited in the month of May to take part in their Piccolo Grandi Concerti, a public… Read More »Lockdown Show : Sape’ Master with Culture Del Mondo (Italy)
Song to the Earth is classical composer Dr Corrina Bonshek’s imagining of the voice of the earth. Inspired by cycles and patterns in nature, it speaks to the ecological challenges faced today. The Parap sung by Adrian and his elders brings a message of loss of ancestral indigenous knowledge.
The audience experienced: a mixed media photo exhibit of Pusau Anak, showcasing a traditional child naming ceremony of the Kenyah. It was taken in 1967 by Howard Koons, an American traveller who was serving in the US Peace Corps.
The Tuyang Initiative had the wonderful opportunity to work with Singapore’s National Parks Board and the team at Singapore Botanic Gardens on the opening of the Ethnobotany Centre and Garden.