The Unique of Dayak Kanayatn

The sound of gongs sounded from the speakers on the left and right betang (long house) in the hill of village of Sadaniang, Sadaniang District, Pontianak Regency, West Borneo, Indonesia, on Wednesday, May, 4th, 2011. Betang is the traditional house of Dayak tribe. The dancers are exit from under the betang on the right side. They were wear traditional dresses Dayak tribes complete with its attributes. Their dancing follow the rhythm of the gongs and looks amazing. Two hands outstretched then moving play with tapering fingers. A man in the front row dancer swinging the Mandau. With his glared eyes he suddenly jumped up and shouted "huih" out loud. The traditional Dayak's dance was presented by dancers of the 23 Districts in Pontianak regency. The dance was be the main attraction of visitors of the traditional ceremony called Naik Dango. Their eyes do not let go of the slightest movement of the dancers. Occasionally, guests clapped their hands and mumble "wow" slowly. Naik Dango is a traditional ceremony that doing by Dayak Kanayatn tribe in West Borneo. This traditional ceremony is very unique. Because, itís happening at Betang (long house). Betang is the traditional origin house of Dayak tribe. It is a long and high building. Pillars of the home can reach several meters. People have to walk on the stairs that were carved out of wood to get into the main room of betang.

In this traditional ceremony, the peoples of Dayak Kanayatn bring the yields of farm and livestock such as rice, chicken, pork, betel, and others. A Kanayant Dayak tribe believed to be the interpreter of prayer called Panyangahatn will represent the community to convey gratitude to God for an abundant harvest. Then, they are eat and dancing together follow the music of a traditional musical instrument called Gong. Dayak Kanayatn tribe celebrate this traditional ceremony each April. Because, in this month they are already harvesting in farm fields.

Dayak Kanayatn believe that they should be thankful for the harvest results and it's must enjoyed together. Usually they together do a deal to determine the 'H' day. On the 'H' day, residents of Dayak Kanayatn tribes who settled in the village were visiting each other. Each house will serve food and drinks for his guests. Sometimes, guess who's back home will be given a thing in the form of rice or traditional cake. It was a day full of joy. The Dayak Kanayatn ways to share together.

Dayak is the indigenous tribe that originated from the island of Borneo and straggle settled in three countries, Brunei Darussalam, East Malaysia, and Indonesia. The island of Borneo in Indonesia has an area of 743,122 km ≤ and is divided into four provinces, West Borneo, East Borneo, Central Borneo, and South Borneo. Each province has always found the Dayak tribe.

History of Naik Dango Naik dango originated from folklore of Dayak Kanayatn tribe. There was a sparrow who stole a bunch of rice straw in Bawang Mount (The Dayaks Kanayant tribe believe it is a holy place, in somewhere out there). The owner of the rice straw is Jubata (God). The rice stalks fell on Nek Jaek (a grandmother named Jaek) who is Mengayau (Fight the enemy. People who is Mengayau should bring back the head of his enemy as proof of having won the war). Because only brings in the form of rice straw when she back home from the fight, Nek Jaek mocked by the villagers. She intends to cultivate the rice straw. However, residents disagree and expelled her.

In wandering, Nek Jaek met Jubata (God). They fell in love. Nek Jaek was taken to Bawang Mount and eventually married. Their son named Nek Baruank Kulup. He called that because he is not circumcised. He enjoys playing kazoos. Because it's fun, secretly Nek Baruank Kulup is often out of Bawang Mount and invite Talino (humans) to play kazoos together. He was caught and eventually expelled from Bawang Mount. He was given a rice straw

Nek Baruank Kulup live together with talino. Initially it is a very difficult live. Because of the staple food of Talino is Jamur (mushroom). However, gradually he began to familiar. He was married with a beautiful girl of a Talino. He introduced the rice stalks to Talino until the rice become their staple food. Each harvest came he always give thanks, and always present some of his harvest to Jubata.

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