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Indigenous Celebration gives voice to the “displaced”

  • I Wayan Juniarta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 17 2018   /  02:58 am

Warrior: Dayak tribesmen perform the ruang wunrung ngurung balai dance.The inaugural festival brings indigenous communities from Indonesia and beyond to share their struggles and forge a united front. Immediately after a vivacious musical performance played on jegog bamboo instruments by a troupe from western Bali, a female native of Nagaland, the mountainous tribal region in northeast India, entered the stage. She summed up the plight of not only the 16 tribes that presently inhabit Nagaland, but most indigenous communities across the globe. It was a narrative of marginalization and persecution, of an asymmetrical struggle that pits native groups against the interests of major corporations, and of the lack of interest from their own government.“Long before I knew the meaning of the word ‘displaced’ my life had been displaced,” Anungla said.A writer and researcher who travelled...