Erau Festival

Erau Festival

September
This Indonesian festival takes place in Tenggarong, in the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Some of the most isolated people in the world live in the surrounding area, where the dense jungle has made contact among neighboring villages difficult and where, until recently, raiding parties were common.
Today the Erau Festival is celebrated for as long as a week around September 24, the anniversary of the city's founding, though many of the ceremonies performed during the festival go back much further. The festival opens with special blessing and purification ceremonies, followed by musical and dance performances, art exhibits, and more traditional Dayak ceremonies.
CONTACTS:
Data and Information Centre, Indonesian Culture & Tourism Board
Sapta Pesona Bldg., 21st Fl.
Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat 17
Jakarta, 10110 Indonesia
62-21-3838717; fax: 62-21-3452006
www.indonesiatourism.go.id
SOURCES:
WildPlanet-1995, p. 359
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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.