Orang Ulu Kenyah – Traditional Dance

The long dance or datun julud.

According to Timothy Tye (2011),

Datun Julud or Hornbill Dance is a traditional dance from Sarawak. The dance is from theKenyah tribe from Kabupaten, Balungan, Kutai Berau and Pasir. The dance was traditionally performed to greet returning warriors, as well as to mark the end of the rice harvest season. It is believed to have been conceived by a Kenyah prince named Nyik Selung to celebrate happiness and gratitude.

The dance is performed by female dancers. The dancers wearhead dress of hornbill feathers. The woman hold feather fans of hornbill feathers, which she moves up and down gracefully, to depict the hornbill in flight. Some times the dance is performed one dancer at a time. When the first dancer finishes her dance, another woman takes her place. Occassionally, up to four women perform the dance together. Nowadays, in performances to tourists, there is no limit to the number of dancers. Some times a male dancer dressed as a warrior is added to depict the returning warrior. The dance is accompanied by the music from the sape.

Depiction of a Kenyah woman dances the Hornbill dance while at the background is the male warrior preparing for Sagah Ngayau during a wedding ceremony. Taken by Alyssa Chin.

Depiction of a Kenyah woman dances the Hornbill dance while at the background is the male warrior preparing for Sagah (warrior dance) during a wedding ceremony. Taken by Alyssa Chin.

A single woman Kenyah hornbill dance.

A group Kenyah women hornbill dance

Sagah Ngayau – One Man Warrior Dance

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One man warrior dance. Taken by Alyssa Chin.

These dances are usually accompanied by one, two or more sape players.

The sape players.Taken by Alyssa Chin.

The sape players.Taken by Alyssa Chin.

Reference list:

Tye, T. (2004). About Datun Julud. Retrieved from http://www.asiaexplorers.com/malaysia/datun-julud.htm

ibanmusic Vina Anakindai. (2009, April 17). Sape vol 14 Datun Julut – Kenyah Tradisional Dance 2009 [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L96Wi3l5fk

rkalang. (2011, November 14). Kenyah Dance by ROSE PIDANG  WAN of Long Semiyang [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ85wPX-6tI

dokasel. (2009, July 17). Leto Kenyah Lemeting Sagak [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcGod4uEvWM

dokasel. (2010, March 23). Anak Kenyah Sagak.wmv [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VqCCxQeP7I

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