8 Traditional Dances of West Kalimantan

A complete description of  the traditional dance in West Kalimantan. West Kalimantan is one of the largest states  in Indonesia, accounting for about 7.53% of Indonesia’s land area  . This  makes West Kalimantan the  fourth largest state after Irian Jaya, East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan.

The vastness of West Kalimantan allows the  population in the region to  have heterogeneous  origins, although  the dominant tribes are the Dayak and Malay tribes.   These two  tribes certainly have a great   influence  on the customs and culture that grow in West Kalimantan, ranging from typical weapons,  regional clothing, food, and language to  Kalbar dance.

List of  traditional west Kalimantan dances

1.  Mulan’s sword dance

The Muaran Sword Dance  is a single dance that  is usually performed to entertain the surrounding community, such as Gawaidayak events, such as rice harvest parties, Gawaiberakibini, weddings and other events .  The traditional dance of West Kalimantan shows the beautiful movements of the sword dance  as good luck.

A long time ago, knights  would perform this dance just to give the  spirit of confidence and the like when fighting before going on the Mengao expedition.   This dance  helps you win  attacks and build confidence  when you need to attack enemies.  This dance is usually accompanied by a traditional Teva band  called Tebah Undup Banyur and can also be performed with the usual Tebah Undup.

2.  Japanese dance

Rzepin dance  is a  traditional West Kalimantan dance  that blends Islam, Malaysian art, and  local culture.   This dance is a means of spreading Islam in West Kalimantan,  the art of movement, and the meaning of songs in every movement.

It is said that from several sources,  this dance was originally used as a means of Islamic  proselytizing in the thirteenth century   in the Sambas region of West Kalimantan.  After that,  the dance began to spread in different states.

3. Tarian Poor

This West Kalimantan traditional dance  is a dance that tells about the  love of the Jankan Dayak tribe youth  for Kanyan girls, but is constrained by custom. The word Bopureh in The Jangkang language means a  lineage  that wants to explain the  traditional lineage  that separates the  love ropes of lovers.

This traditional West Kalimantan  dance  is a creative art that is very thick with other aesthetic elements of traditional Dayak  dance  such as clothing. The dancers are  still wearing dayak traditional  clothes that have been modified in some parts.  The dancers wear the crowns of the tingan  birds and also highlight the identity of  this dance as part of dayak performances.

This dance is usually performed by 10 dancers, 8 of whom are complementary dancers and 2 of them are  in  love. In the middle of the dance, eight females, mostly male dancers, are arranged in a circle. The colorful  cloth  was spread out as a symbol of the diversity of the Dayak  community. In this story,  it’s actually a  barrier to Chankan’s youthful love for  Kai’s girls.

4. Kinyah Uut Danum Dance

 West Kalimantan traditional dances show courage and martial arts  when fighting.  This dance  comes from the  Dayak tribe uut Danum, a tradition of  enemy  head hunting originally performed by  the Dayak tribe, which is a physical preparatory dance before head hunting.

A traditional West Kalimantan  dance shows that a Dayak man Ut Danum has been thrown into the  forest and is ready to look for  a head.   Almost all Dayak people themselves have this kind of war dance.  However,  there is still a  secret killing technique of each submarine.  For Dayak Ut Danum, they are known for  their dangerous techniques and moves when killing enemies.

The Kinyah Uut Danum  dance is performed by two men in traditional Dayak Uut Danum  clothes. When dancing, the dancers carry weapons such as swords and shields that are used to attack and defend.  During the  dance one of  the  dancers makes a surprise attack, which requires a high degree of caution in defense, and  the audience is  more impressed by this dance.

With the development of the times,  mingyao tradition faded when the  Treaty of Tamban Anui was a peace treaty where Dayak   leaders met in Borneo to make a peace treaty.   After the agreement,  the Tradition of Wading was abandoned and  the dance was used as a  traditional dance and to commemorate the  history and courage of the  ancient  Dayak men.

5.  Moon Dance

This West Kalimantan traditional dance was  originally performed to heal Chaman Dayak by chanting mantras while dancing.  In the Monon Dance, a family is led by a supporter who has the disease.  This dance  is a ritual performed to ask  God for healing  so that the sick can recover immediately.

But over  time,  this dance was performed not only for healing but also for entertainment while preserving the  traditional art of the Dayak people.

6. Bingan Dance

Bingan dance  is a traditional  dance of the Dayak people of West Kalimantan, and is a public entertainment. The word banjan in moradiak means a  plate made of stone or clay. This allows the dancer to use the board as a proprietary.

The traditional dances of West Kalimantan can be divided into two types:  male penghan dance and  female pengan dance. What distinguishes these two types of dance  is the pulling motion.  The men’s dance is  more difficult than the penan inoko dance.

When playing, the dancer holds the board or board with both hands and is equipped with a  ring on  the middle finger to make a sound when the board and ring touch. The movement of playing the board should also  follow the accompaniment of  the Teva,  a  traditional musical instrument consisting of a Tawag, Tinshin Tin Peninkak, Entebon, or a long drum.

7. John Jean Dance

The name  of the next West Kalimantan traditional dance, John Gunn Dance, is a story of the joy and happiness of  the Dayak people.  This dance  also includes the traditional Kanayantdayak dance. Here, Jungan is taken from the Dayak language, which means to dance and dance.

8.  Kundan Dance

Kundan dance is the  name of a west Kalimantan traditional  dance, and each movement has a different meaning.  Therefore,  certain types of  dances are  very popular, and there are also less known ones.  This dance is usually performed at  wedding ceremonies, customs and celebrations, religions and other events.

Kundan dance is highly anticipated by the public because many people want to watch this dance up close.  Some of these dance moves  are very pleasant because the rhythm makes the movements more beautiful, exciting and mysterious.

Kundan dance is a typical  dance performed by the Dayak community.  This dance is performed during a harvest festival called “Nosminupodi” which means rice harvest.

Dayak people know the three stages of rice cultivation. The first is  ngoma which means planting rice seeds, the second is  ngoma which means to clean rice from pests, and the third is NosuMinuPodi or harvesting rice.

Condance dance is not only to enjoy the harvest, but also to express gratitude  to Pinonpa.  Binunba is a  god worshipped and believed by the Dayaks as the  creator of  the universe.

By the Dayak people, Binunba is also  called  Gupata. Dayaks not only believe in one god called Binonpa, but also believe in  the existence of ethereal beings and  ethereal beings that affect people’s daily lives.

Those are some of the traditional West Kalimantan dances that  we can summarize, hopefully  the  information we provide is useful for all of your friends, relatives and family.

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