NAIK DANGO – A VIBRANT DAYAK CELEBRATION

NAIK DANGO – A VIBRANT DAYAK CELEBRATION

“Naik Dango is a very special time for us, a time to celebrate our unique culture and pay tribute to the ancestors. We have been holding this event for 30 years and share it between three regencies – Landak, Kuburaya and Mempawah.” These were the words of Karolin...
Bringing Back the Culture of the Traditional School

Bringing Back the Culture of the Traditional School

In my travels around the Indonesian archipelago, I have experienced and encountered a variety of traditional cultures. In many communities, I have witnessed a disconnection between the older generation and the younger one. While traditional culture is still alive in...
Viewpoints: Indonesia In Pictures

Viewpoints: Indonesia In Pictures

Story by David Metcalf Bali-based photographer David Metcalf captures the magic and wonder of Indonesia while traveling across Kalimantan, Java and Bali. I took this photo much closer to the village trying to emphasize the grandeur of the area as a lone horseman...
Kalimantan Ma’anyan Death Ceremony

Kalimantan Ma’anyan Death Ceremony

“We believe that the human body is inhabited by a life giving spirit. We call this an amirue. When a person dies, his or her spirit becomes an adiau, just for the time of its journey to the place where the amirue resides. During the nine days of the Ijame ceremony we...
Tiwah Life and Death in Dayak Country

Tiwah Life and Death in Dayak Country

Tiwah Life and Death in Dayak Country    Recommended by Stephanie Brookes   Written by David Metcalf    Photos by David Metcalf  www.davidmetcalfphotography.com   Napin Dalin, the chief of Tewang Rangas village, looked me straight in the eye and said, “The spirits of...
Sumba – Pascola and Ancient Rituals

Sumba – Pascola and Ancient Rituals

Recommended by Stephanie Brookes   Written by David Metcalf Photos by David Metcalf  www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Sumba – Pasola and Ancient Rituals Adi steadied his horse as he prepared for battle. A chorus of feisty yelping surrounded me, as Adi’s fellow...
Banjarese – The River People

Banjarese – The River People

Recommended by Stephanie Brookes    Written by David Metcalf    Photos by David Metcalf  www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Packed in with hundreds of jukungs you float around small boats with piles of vegetables, towers of fruit, a bounty of fresh fish carefully laid...
A trip on the Mighty Mahakam

A trip on the Mighty Mahakam

Recommended by Stephanie Brookes   Written by David Metcalf    Photos by David Metcalf  www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Kalimantan is one of Indonesia’s greatest adventures. Tales of fierce headhunters moving stealthily through the rainforest, poison blow darts...
Negara Buffalo Races

Negara Buffalo Races

Recommended by Stephanie Brookes   Written by David Metcalf    Photos by David Metcalf  www.davidmetcalfphotography.com Negara Buffalo Races – The crowd erupted into a loud roar as one of the chariots slid off the track trying to round the corner, taking a risk...