By Allan G Dumbong During the Kaamatan Celebration 2007, a new Kaamatan innovation was introduced by one Kadazandusun woman entrepreneur, Ms Clare Bernard, from Kg Pogunon, Penampang. It has converted an idle bamboo hut in the Hongkod Koisaan compound into an elegant traditional costume gallery. This is considered a new product and service innovation offered by the Kadazandusun community as has never been offered at any Kaamatan celebration before. According to Ms Clare Bernard, the traditional costume’s gallery is concentrating on the traditional costume which we can find in Sabah, such as the Kadazan Penampang, Kadazan Papar, Lotud, Rungus, Dusun Tindal, Murut, Bajau and others. Its main service is photo taking session with traditional costume. It also sells and rent out the Kadazandusun traditional costumes. Besides the traditional costume, the entrepreneur is also making batik based on local ethnics’ motifs. “We are using the pattern of the traditional costumes to design our batik and it is exclusively design for one person per design”, said Bernard. The main objective of this gallery is to keep the Kadazandusun traditional costumes identity alive so that the future generation can enjoy and be familiar with their traditional costumes. Secondly, it also aims to educate and to provide information specifically in traditional costume that can be found in Sabah. Thirdly, it creates another business opportunity that compliments other business activities during the Kaamatan as well as the Kadazandusun business and economy in general. Fourthly, it hopes that the gallery is eventually being known and get associated with other indigenous costume organizations internationally.
By K.KASTURI DEWI PENANGITES had the opportunity to celebrate Sabah’s Hari Kaamatan or Harvest Festival at Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel recently. The annual festival, also known as Tadau Kaamatan, saw dancers in elaborately beaded costumes, performing traditional dances such as the Sumazau. The dancers were almost floating effortlessly in their rhythmically paced steps. Although living away from home, the Sabahans put in much effort to show and share their rich cultural and ethnic background with the locals. The event is one of the biggest and most colourful multi-ethnic celebrations among the predominantly Kadazandusun, Iban, Murut, Rungus, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu farming communities. Besides the traditional dances, the celebration also saw a singing contest where seven contestants took part. The contestants mainly rendered songs related to the Harvest Festival. National Unity and Integration Department director-general Datuk Azman Amin Hassan who represented Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili said the event was a way of keeping the tradition alive. “It also fosters unity and promotes cultural awareness among Malaysians of our rich multi-cultural diversity,” he said. Azman said this was one of the reasons foreign tourists were impressed with Malaysia. The celebration was organised by National Unity and Integration Department and Penang branch of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA). Source: The Star, Tuesday May 8, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: KDCA Pulau Pinang branch wants to get the approval of headquarters here to send its representatives for this year's State-level Pesta Kaamatan Unduk Ngadau and Sugandoi competitions at the Hongkod Koisaan in Penampang. Its pro tem chairman, Jodin Pamajah, said they would be working towards getting similar status attained by the KDCA Klang Valley branch, which had been sending its representatives for the event. He said KDCA Pulau Pinang would be holding its inaugural Pesta Kaamatan involving Sabah community residing in the northern part of the peninsula on May 14 at Tanjung Bunga Beach Hotel. Penang State Assemblyman for Kebun Bunga is expected to officiate at the event. KDCA_Penang_2 – Some of the KDCA Pulau Pinang organizing committee, led by Jodin Pamajah (left) taking photo with Datuk Pairin and Datuk Richard Bainon (seated second from right) Met at a dinner with the Huguan Siou here, Jodin, who is from Tandek and working with a Japan multi-national company in Penang, said prior to this Sabahans used to hold parties in conjunction with the Kaamatan Month but this year they had decided to hold the Pesta Kaamatan. He said they had also obtained the cooperation of the Penang State Unity and Integration Department. It is estimated that there are about 4,000 Sabahans currently working and residing in the northern part of peninsular Malaysia encompassing Perak, Kedah and Perlis.
By Henry Bating & Allan Dumbong The 1st International Harvest Festival & Conference (IHFC), which was jointly organised by UiTM Sabah and the National Unity Department of the Prime Minister's Department, was officially opened by Honorable Datuk Dr Maximus J Ongkili, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department on 24th May 2007 at Nexus Resort Karambunai, Kota Kinabalu. The Guest of Honour at the Conference was Huguan Siou Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan, the President of the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA). Huguan Siou harvesting paddy to mark the inaugural of IHFC, also seen Dr Max (extreme left) and Prof Madya Dr Worran Hj Kabul, Campus Director of UiTM Sabah Branch. Continue reading
Oleh Henry Bating & Allan Dumbong KENINGAU: Potensi pelaburan penanaman “Kayu Koningau” dan keunikan persekitaran semulajadi telah menjadi daya tarik utama kepada kehadiran lebih ramai pelabur dan pelancong ke daerah ini sejak akhir-akhir ini. Timbalan Ketua Menteri Datuk Seri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan berkata kemudahan infrastruktur yang kian bertambah baik di Kawasan Keningau juga telah menambahkan lagi daya tarikan itu sekaligus membantu meningkatkan kegiatan-kegiatan ekonomi setempat. “Kita melihat perkembangan ini di dalam perayaan-perayaan yang diadakan termasuklah Pesta Kaamatan, sebab itu promosi yang lebih tersusun perlu dipergiatkan lagi,” kata Pairin. Pairin yang juga Menteri Pembangunan Luar Bandar dan Ahli Parlimen Keningau berkata demikian ketika berucap merasmikan Pesta Kaamatan Peringkat Daerah Keningau di Dewan Arked di sini hari ini (19Mei, 11am). Huguan Siou dan M. Nasir dalam suasana kemeriahan Kaamatan di satu sesi Sumayau Continue reading