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Kirana is a journalist assigned to cover the Traditional Erau Festival in Tenggarong.
In the case of the Kutai sultanate--which signed a number of treaties with the Dutch at different times in the nineteenth century, but remained largely independent in practice until about 1900, and preserved, unlike the region's other sultanates, a semi-autonomous status even after that--the royal erau festival exemplifies an event that provided an occasion for such contact.
(24) However, the erau festival is, as already noted, still arranged in Tenggarong, and seems to have become more important again with the reestablishment of the sultanate, even though it now primarily functions as a week-long tourist and cultural festival.