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CULTURAL...a group off musician and
dancers performed their traditional dance at
Lundayeh house in Hongkod Koisan,
KadazanDusun Cultural Association (KDCA),
Penampang. They use bambo instruments to
make a sound of music.

With 40 ethnic tribes under the Kadazandusun
tribal council, we definitely need a guide book,
an encyclopaedia even, to figure out which is
which, in Sabah, the part of the island Of
Borneo, they called The Land Below The
Wind.

Let see now. In Sabah, we have the;
1. Bonggi 2. Bundu 3. Dumpas 4. Gana
5. Garo 6. Idaan 7. Kadayan 8. Kimaragang
9. Kolobuan 10. Kuijau 11. Lingkabau
12. Liwan 13. Lobu 14. Lotud 15. Lundayeh
16. Makiang 17. Malapi 18. Mangkaak
19. Minokok 20. Murut 21. Ngabai 22. Paitan
23. Pingas 24. Rumanau 25. Rungus
26. Sinobu 27. Sinorupu 28. Sonsogon
29. Sukang 30. Sungai 31. Tatana
32. Tangara 33. Tidung 34. Tindal
35. Tobilung 36. Tolinting 37. Tombonuo
38. Tuhawon 39. Tutung 40. Bisaya

This field guide, not only shows the cultural
decoration and tradition, but also the general
location and way of lives, of these ethnics.
And maybe, throw in a few common phrases
which might come in handy, getting welcome
in.

I guessed my long winded way of saying,
I know next to nothing about what and where
these ethnically decorated ladies came from.
But one thing for sure, May is one very colorful
and interesting month of Sabah.
In just about any villages you pass by in
Sabah, you can hear the distant gongs
chiming the night air, the steel harmony
of the kulintangan with the obligatorial
whoopings of the waltzing Kadazandusun
dancers, celebrating its harvest festival.

Aramaiti !

Aramaiti = A "Happy Hour" Kadazandusun
verbal expression.
(NOTE BY RABANI HMA)

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