Dayak Cultural Foundation considers hosting ASADIA to preserve , promote Iban cultural activities

Uggah (second left) in a group photo with Mabong (left) and others during the courtesy call at his office today.

KUCHING, Feb 29: The Dayak Cultural Foundation (DCF) is contemplating accommodating the Academy of Sarawak Dayak Iban (ASADIA) to uphold and enhance Dayak Iban cultural activities, announced Dato Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The Deputy Premier, who is also DCF chairman, said it would also enable the foundation to provide incentives for the teachers and instructors involved.

“I am very happy that it is very active in these activities. The academy is holding regular classes to teach the Iban Ngajat classes for both men and women, the traditional kuntau art of self – defense and the Sape and Gendang Pampat (traditional drum).

“I hope it can collaborate with DCF. Maybe there can be a place at the new DCF building to hold these activities in a more conducive atmosphere,” he said during ASADIA head Mabong Unggang’s courtesy call on him at his office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

Uggah also urged the academy to explore organising classes on ‘Baju Dabong’ embroidery and crafting ‘Bungai Jarau’ (traditional curly wood carvings used for festival and ceremonial decoration), noting their current high demand and potential for commercialisation.

During the courtesy visit, Uggah announced a grant of RM30,000 for ASADIA to finance its activities this year.

Meanwhile, Mabong said that ASADIA would begin its cultural activities and programmes for this year from March 11 onward.

“Those interested may come to ASADIA Cultural Center at Kota Sentosa on the March 11 at 7.30pm.

“They can contact me at 0126925562 or they can contact Victoria (0122161485) or Henry Guya (0198884370),” he added. — DayakDaily