Dayak Day

Long Ears Trought The Lens

The "Telinga Panjang" or long ears tradition is an ancestral practice among the Dayak peoples of Borneo, whereby women elongate their earlobes as a sign of beauty and social status. This tradition marks a significant part of Dayak women's identity, mirroring practices seen in other indigenous communities globally. However, this custom is on the decline, with fewer young women choosing to continue it amidst modernizing influences.

Beyond their distinctive physical traits, Dayak women are recognized for their profound roles within their communities. They are not only custodians of cultural heritage but also leaders and spiritual guides. This leadership is critical in preserving the environment and teaching the younger generations the importance of living in harmony with nature. This intergenerational transmission of knowledge and practice underscores the women's role in safeguarding their culture and the biodiversity of Borneo.

This event initiated and coordinated by Yani Saloh, explores these themes further. It will delve into the history of the long ear’s tradition and its significance within Dayak culture, while also acknowledging the evolving expressions of culture and identity in the current day. 


12.30 – 17.00

Session 1: 12:00-13:30 (90’)

Workshop and entertainment

  • Introduce Sape by Uyau Moris and Belai Djandam
  • Interactive learning about Sape 
  • Sape Music and dance (Enggang, Mandau)
  • Break

Session 2: 14:30-17:30 (90’)

  • Sape music

Video Screening: Video Kuping Panjang & History of Long Ears and Story from the Journey

Light responds, moderated by Belai Djandam

  1. Yeq Lawing, Last generation of Long Ears
  2. Ati Bachtiar, ethophotogrpaher
  3. Pertamina Mahakam Ulu: Community Development in East Kalimantan

Q and A 

Closing by Sape and Hudoq dance 

Art and Market Stalls: Borneo products by Pertamina Community Development program and others

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