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Nusantara, Exploring Diversity Part I: Central Borneo with David Metcalf
May 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm UTC+8
Part I: Central Borneo
Opening day May 20th, 2021 at 6PM
David Metcalf is a professional photographer who has lived in Indonesia for 15 years and in that time has travelled extensively throughout the archipelago. He has produced 3 books on Bali, Kalimantan and Indonesia. The native New Zealander can’t get enough of this incredible country, and he will be sharing with us why.
David will be hosting a monthly series of talks titled Nusanatara where he will speak about his experiences , observations, and connections with the communities he has visited. David will also take us on a visual journey through his beautiful photographs.
The talks will appeal both to the armchair traveller and those wanting to get out on their own and discover these places.
Part I: Central Borneo – Orangutans, Ancient Rivers and Dayak Culture
The first talk which takes place at Usada on May 20th will concentrate on Central Borneo where David has journeyed to on more than 10 occasions.
This province, which land area covers 153,000 square kms (Bali is 5,000), is the second largest in Indonesia, and is home to many Dayak tribes, including those who still follow the traditional Adat ways, Kaharingan faith, has the largest number of Orangutans in Kalimantan , beautiful rivers, peat lands, and tropical forests.
However, this province has also suffered from destructive fires, floods, huge amounts of deforestation and illegal gold mining.
David has been involved in various programs including literacy, supporting a dance academy, sustainable tourism, indigenous film-making, Dayak youth development and education.
He will speak about these programs and the many inspirational Dayak youth leaders he has met along the way.
Over the next few months David Metcalf will cover:
Part II in June: Sumba – Ancient cultures and traditional ceremonies
Part III in July: East Java – Volcanoes, spectacular landscapes and Javanese culture
Part IV in August: West Kalimantan – Traditional Dayak culture, rituals and art.