Hornbill Unleashed

September 5, 2016

Iban dirge expert to play in New York international lamentations event

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

The Tun Jugah Foundation, a foundation formed to preserve and promote the Iban culture, arts and language, is sending an accomplished ‘Tukang Sabak’ or Iban dirge expert/soul guide, Siah anak Tutong, to participate in an international lamentations performance in New York.

Siah is from Rumah Nabau in Entawau, Baleh in Kapit.

According to the foundation chairperson Leonard Linggi Jugah, the performance is a cultural event created by an American artist called Taryn Simon in collaboration with Dr Ida Nicolaisen, former vice-chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous issues.

“It is hosted and sponsored by the Park Avenue Armoury, a non-profit arts institution in New York City,” he said in a statement in Kuching today.

Linggi said the performance would be held from Sept 13 to 25 at the Armoury’s Wade Thomson Drill Hall.

“The Park Avenue Armoury is one of New York City’s most important cultural institutions.

“More than 25 participants from countries such as Ghana, India, Kyrgystan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Columbia, China, Finland, Kenya, Bhutan, Ecuador, Greece, Venezuela and Romania will take part in the event,” he said.

“The performance looks at the professionalism of grief from an anthropological perspective and invites cultural experts to share their unique ceremonial lamentations that follow the loss of human life,” he said.

Linggi added Siah would leave for New York tomorrow and she would be accompanied by the foundation’s museum curator Janet Rata anak Noel.

“She will return to Sarawak on Sept 26 to begin preparing for a trip to London in May 2017 where she will be participating in a second installation of this cultural event.” he said.


Bernama Online


1 Comment »

  1. Several events planned for Taib’s 80th birthday

    Popular Now in News

    Restaurant manager’s ‘usual numbers’ hit Toto jackpot
    Shu Qi: We’re married now
    Elderly couple die of heart attack at home
    Dr M: I only had long chat with Anwar
    Philippines’ Duterte calls Obama ’son of a whore’

    KUCHING: Several programmes have been planned in Miri town, about 500km from here from Sept 9, in conjunction with the 80th birthday of the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud (pic).

    It would begin with a thanksgiving ceremony at the At-Taqwa Mosque in Miri at 6.30pm on Friday and attended by Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and wife.

    The Sarawak Information Department in a statement Monday said a parade and a rally would be held at the Padang Stadium in Miri at 8am, followed by an investiture ceremony at Hotel Mega while a banquet would be held in the evening at the Pullman Hotel.

    On the following day, tea would be held at Dewan Suarah in Miri at 10am which would also see Taib visiting an exhibition at the lobby.

    “At 12.15pm, Taib is scheduled to open the “Bring Back The Rainforest Project” programme at the Piasau Nature Reserve in Miri,” according to the statement. – Bernama

    Comment by pete — September 6, 2016 @ 12:55 AM | Reply


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: