Do you know what makes tribal Borneo women beautiful?

| Estimated reading time: 8 minutes
When people talk about beauty, what comes to mind? Generally, its fair skin, long legs, silky hair, and pointed noses. Western media has done a lot to influence what we think is beautiful. Yet if we look past this bias, we find that not everyone has the same beauty ideals. In Sarawak indigenous beauty is far different from the Eurocentric beauty standards. What makes an indigenous Sarawakian woman beautiful may be seen as ‘savage’ by many toda...

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The Fascinating Stories Behind Sarawakian Tribal Tattoos

| Estimated reading time: 14 minutes
Tattoos have been an integral part of Sarawakian tribal culture for centuries. Yet in the face of rapid development and the migration of rural communities to the cities and further afield, this ancient art and knowledge of its origins and significance were almost lost. However, efforts are underway to preserve this important cultural practice that turns a blank canvas into a journey through life. Because, like the tattoos of tribes all ove...

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The Beautiful Music of The Borneo Rainforest

| Estimated reading time: 9 minutes
The music of the Borneo rainforest is recreated using a combination of different instruments. The deep, hypnotic drumming of the beduk (long drum) represents the density of the jungle. While the whistles from the selingut (nose flute) and the chimes of the jatong utang (wooden xylophone) create a cacophony of birdsongs so common on a glorious morning. Listen a little closer, you might even hear the strumming of a sape (Bornean boat lute), Sara...

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You don’t want to miss these amazing festivals in Borneo!

| Estimated reading time: 7 minutes
Sarawak is home to numerous indigenous cultures, all with their own cultural practices, traditions and festivals that contribute to the colourful tapestry that makes up Sarawak’s unique identity. These cultures and traditions reflect and shape values, beliefs, and aspirations, thereby defining the people of Sarawak and their identity. It is important to preserve cultural heritage because it ensures a people’s integrity remains intact.  ...

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Which of these tribal festivals will you be a part of in 2020?

| Estimated reading time: 10 minutes
Many of Sarawak’s indigenous communities have called the state home for thousands of years. All these communities contribute to Sarawak’s unique culture and colour. With so many different communities, it is no surprise then that the state is home to a wide variety of cultural festivals. These festivals ensure the remembrance of their cultures and heritage stays alive amidst the relentless onset of modernisation. While Sarawakians generally wel...

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Cowboy Bau – Going Country and Asian!

| Estimated reading time: 12 minutes
Bau District was born from a Chinese gold rush, to a backdrop of Bidayuh style! A brief ride to the west of Kuching, it is wild indeed. A country town surrounded by towering limestone cliffs worthy of the Lone Ranger, this is truly pioneer territory where people live off the land, love their surroundings and enjoy a lively hoedown. It is the heartland of the Land Dayak, also known as the Bidayuh – highly spiritual, historically peaceful and hill ...

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