After a year, I am coming back to this annual cultural celebration in my home country, Barito. This is the place where my community, Dayak Maanyan tribe, live. The Festival Nan Sarunai Jajaka happen from 28 April - 2 May. it is an annual celebration where hundreds of bracelet dancers are performing (shaman, shawoman, children , youth and elders) and celebrating the culture.
First time I came to Sustainable Solutions at GS was in 2016. It was hard to forget because the energy was so positive and yes, the ice creams tasted soooo good! This year it becomes more special because for the this year it brings the theme Indigenous Wisdoms, Indigenous Knowledges in which GS is inviting indigenous people from around the world to connect, learn and share solutions to respect and protect their wisdom of the earth.
Before the main programs of the Bail International Indigenous Film Festival happen (May 10 - 12th), there will be pre-event Pop Up Screening & Discussion which focuses on Indonesian indigenous films and to engage students specifically into discussion about youth’s role in using digital platform to raise the issues of indigenous people rights.
“The Bali International Indigenous Film Festival seeks to educate and empower Indigenous cultures across the globe through film.”
Emmanuela Shinta, who is a filmmaker, co-festival founder and Dayak Ma’anyan from Central Kalimantan explains, “This year’s theme of “Stories that Matter” speaks to the heart. We, the indigenous people of this country, can use film as a medium to promote and tell the stories of indigenous communities all over Indonesia. Every story matters.
While the title of my tour is Stories That Matter, it does not simply mean bringing about Dayak and Kalimantan issues to different audiences in another countries. This is a journey where every indigenous person can find his place and speak his voice, because their stories matter.
Again, I am honored to be invited as APWT's guest for this year conference that will be held in Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia on 5-7 December 2018. I am excited to come and of course introducing my latest book ME, MODERNISM AND MY INDIGENOUS ROOT that will share my experience in discovering my identity as an indigenous Dayak Maanyan woman who was born in the 20th century when digitalization has been overtaking human's world!
This is an adventure to bring forth the ancient sounds from my beloved homeland, Kalimantan, to the world. Just in next few weeks, I will be bringing these stories to Oz. Dayak music, dance and song will come to four cities along with film showcase, talk and book launch.
Jagadhita is such a powerful word to represent the beauty and the struggle of indigenous people. When we are in the position to be victim of the supreme forms of capitalism, we choose to be a hero for the sake of our communities and in our own place.
Dear all, I am so excited to tell that I will join a conference in Solo, just in a few days ahead!
Young people from East to the West, from Sabang to Merauke, will come together for three days to lift Jesus' name higher! Rather than an event, this is more likely to a family gathering, because Jesus said we are one body in Christ.
Click here if you want to know more about this conference. I hope to see you there. God bless!