Per­sat­uan Dayak Miri (DAM)

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When in the Land of the Horn­bills, why not ex­pose your child to one of the many tra­di­tional per­form­ing art classes avail­able from the Dayak in­dige­nous com­mu­nity? Chil­dren can learn tra­di­tional mu­si­cal in­stru­ments such as the sape, the tra­di­tional lute of the Orang Ulu (up­river peo­ple). It can reach to over a me­tre in length and is used as a so­cial in­stru­ment to ac­com­pany dances or as a form of en­ter­tain­ment. Dance classes are avail­able in the form of the Nga­jat, an eth­nic dance usu­ally per­formed dur­ing the Gawai Dayak harvest fes­ti­val. Dancers adorn in­tri­cate cos­tumes and head­gear dec­o­rated with bird feath­ers. Male dancers usu­ally carry a wooden shield and a sword. Mu­sic is pro­vided by large and small gongs, drums and the sape. In Miri, the Per­sat­uan Dayak Miri (DAM) pro­motes the Dayak cul­ture through mu­sic and dance classes such as the Betabuh (tra­di­tional mu­sic) and the Nga­jat. Classes are held dur­ing school hol­i­days and chil­dren as young as five years are welcome. Rumah Per­sat­uan Dayak, Level three, Jalan Mer­pati, Miri, Sarawak (08 543 5467/www.dam.org.my).

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