Field notes

Modern Dayaks keep culture alive through song and dance

While many have embraced an urban way of life, some still hold fast to timeless traditions

Wearing a vest embroidered with tiger motifs, and with brass weights dangling from long, pierced ears, 47-year-old Laing Along sits at his organ and plays the Christmas carol, Silent Night.

His soulful voice rings throughout his spacious brick house in the Dayak tribal village of Pampang in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2019, with the headline 'Modern Dayaks keep culture alive through song and dance'. Print Edition | Subscribe