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Gawai Dayak 2014

Dayak people is a collective name for the native ethnic groups of Sarawak and neighboring Indonesian Kalimantan.
The natives are mostly the Iban people previously-known as Sea Dayak, followed by the Bidayuh people known as Land Dayak
in the past and the Orang Ulu people (inclusive of Kayans, Kenyahs, Lun Bawangs, etc.). Thus, Gawai Dayak literally means "Dayak Festival".

The Dayaks are the indigenous native people of Borneo.
Dayak is a generic term for over 200 riverine and hill-dwelling ethnic subgroups which are located principally in the interior of Borneo.
They have their own dialect, customs, laws, territory and culture, although common distinguishing traits are readily identifiable.

The images in this gallery was taken at the Gawai celebrations of the Bidayuh people in Kampung Taee in Serian, Sarawak.
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls and men in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls and men in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls in traditional costume
Bidayuh girls participating in Kumau Gawai
Bidayuh girls participating in Kumau Gawai
Bidayuh musicians
Bidayuh musicians
Young warriors-to-be
Young warriors-to-be
Bidayuh girls in a candle dance
Bidayuh girls in a candle dance
Bidayuh girl in full traditional costume
Bidayuh girl in full traditional costume
Bidayuh girl in full traditional costume
Bidayuh girl in full traditional costume
Bidayuh girl in full traditional costume
Bidayuh girl in full traditional costume
Bidayuh man in traditional costume
Bidayuh man in traditional costume
Musician and village girls
Musician and village girls
Bidayuh musicians
Bidayuh musicians
Bidayuh musicians
Bidayuh musicians
Bidayuh musicians
Bidayuh musicians
Kumau Gawai contestants
Kumau Gawai contestants
Kumau Gawai contestants
Kumau Gawai contestants
Orang Ulu warrior prepares the dart for his blow-pipe, a formidable weapon for hunting
Orang Ulu warrior prepares the dart for his blow-pipe, a formidable weapon for hunting
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Orang Ulu dancer and sape musicians
Orang Ulu dancer and sape musicians
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Musicians accompany the Gawai procession
Musicians accompany the Gawai procession
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Gawai procession through Kampung Taee
Villagers come out to greet the procession
Villagers come out to greet the procession
Biker joining in the fun
Biker joining in the fun
Old Bidayuh village house
Old Bidayuh village house
Anglican church established in 1916, where Christianity was introduced to the Bidayuh here.
Anglican church established in 1916, where Christianity was introduced to the Bidayuh here.
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Offering drinks to the girls
Offering drinks to the girls
Villagers come out to greet the procession
Villagers come out to greet the procession
Villagers come out to greet the procession
Villagers come out to greet the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers offering drinks to everyone
Villagers offering drinks to everyone
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers offering food and drinks to everyone
Villagers offering food and drinks to everyone
Bidayuh warriors
Bidayuh warriors
Village elders and import people greet the procession from their homes
Village elders and import people greet the procession from their homes
Villagers come out to join the procession
Villagers come out to join the procession
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Winners of the Kumau Gawai
Young villagers pose with the beauty queens
Young villagers pose with the beauty queens
Musicians on the truck
Musicians on the truck
Iban warrior
Iban warrior
Bidayuh folks visits a home of respected elder
Bidayuh folks visits a home of respected elder