The Dayak people of the naturally beautiful Kalimantan have a rich tradition of music, dance, tattoos and sculpture.
However, the natural beauty of the fifth largest island in the world, Borneo, where the Dayak people live, has been destroyed by large-scale coal mining and illegal logging. Orangutans, native to the region, are threatened by hunting, poaching and environmental destruction. Tropical forests have been replaced by large oil palm plantations.
This sad fate of Kalimantan was told in the Bawi Lamus show at the Teater Jakarta in Taman Ismail Marzuki in Central Jakarta on Oct. 13 and 14.
The showcase of the multiethnic art and tradition of the Ngaju and Manyan Dayak tribes of Central Kalimantan was performed in four segments: nature, human, history and hope. The show mixed orchestral music, multimedia and modern stage art.
Bawi Lamus, which means a graceful and beautiful lady and symbolizes the Motherland, was performed with the intention of helping to preserve the natural environment and regain the harmony between God and His creations. [yan]