It was so elaborate and regal. I really felt honoured by their display of hospitality and cultural elegance. The organisers (especially Salam and Alim) from Sarawak did a wonderful job of liaising with the local Kalimantan Barat (Kalbar) counterparts to give us a very special cultural experience . An as sure as the sun rises in the east (ref: Beauty and the Beast) our adventure unfolded amazining. I continued to be amazed by the rare sounds and sights of Kalimantan perhaps never experienced before by any other urbane western educated Foochow woman from Sibu..I like to think that I am the first Sibu Foochow woman setting foot in the virgin jungles of Badau - the area before Putussibau.
Some photos of our Traditional Welcome at about 8 p.m. on 4th Dec 2010
|Guests had to walk up and down the entire length of the Ruai as an act of accepting the hospitality after the miring ceremony. It was a really grand welcome arranged by the people of this longhouse ..|
5th Dec 2010 Morning - The Farewell
The send off.....The longhouse folks lined up with the Pala Dusun of Tematu. Many of these hospitable hosts and hostesses had been up the whole night. they can still beat a good gong and bid us farewell with all their heart and soul! I was once told by an Iban drummer that a drum sounds true only if the musician beats with this his heart and soul.
Other memorable longhouse photos I took before the departure on the second day of our Cultural Adventure.
This man is cooking some food in bamboo in the open air. I was told he was hard of hearing so I used sign language to communicate with him. I was rewarded by a huge smile..I was lovely "talking" to him. He was always given the special duty of cooking top rated bamboo dishes because of his skill. For the first time I ate very small and slim lemang which was perfectly cooked. I am sure he can even cook thumb sized lemang!! Now that's a great chef's challenge.
This is the longhouse farewell to us....the longhouse ladies beat the gongs to announce our departure and to give us a "royal" send off Borneo style. We walked around the long ruan twice. Later they lined the road and carried/displayed their Indonesian flags.
Pretty girls in their Sunday best peeping through the window...as we walked away from the longhouse. The majority of the longhouse people are Catholics although there is one family who is Muslim.