May 272011

Aiming high: An artist performs a traditional Dayak dance at the festival, last Friday. Photo by Steven Pantak

Thousands of people in traditional Dayak costumes marched down the streets of Pontianak, while a number of youths, wielding daggers and blowpipes, danced on top of vehicles with graceful women wearing peacock feather headgears.

The Dayak ethnic community living in the capital of West Kalimantan held an annual festival called the Dayak Gawai Week from May 18 to 24. The 26th festival took place at the traditional house, Rumah Betang or Rumah Pajang, on Jl. Soetoyo, Pontianak. Continue reading »