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Dayak, Headhunters of Borneo

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Exhibition Overview

Dayak, Headhunters of Borneo

Exhibition Type
Civilisations, History
Area Size
200 to 500 sqm
Designed For
Museums and Galleries
Availability
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
2025
2026
2027
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Core Experience
Panels and graphics
Original collection
Exhibition Partners
MUSEC, Museum of Cultures, Lugano, Switzerland

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Description

In 1509, the first European ships ventured into the remote seas southeast of India. Navigating the Strait of Malacca, they sailed into the ‘South Seas.’

Without knowing it, they had entered into the waters surrounding the world’s largest archipelago – Indonesia – a constellation of over 17,000 islands scattered across the ocean, a true, continent on water. And there before them arose the immense, mysterious island of Borneo, the third largest island in the world and home to the fierce, independent, headhunter tribes of the Dayak, a term coined by Europeans for the indigenous ethnic groups that inhabited the island.

 

Under the cover of one of the world’s oldest rainforests, along the rivers and on the hillsides of a biosphere of incredible diversity, the some 200 ethnic subgroups of the Dayak developed their own very diverse culture. Despite a plenitude of dialects, languages, laws and customs, these disparate tribes shared distinguishing characteristics – profound animist beliefs and headhunting tactics and rituals for which they gained worldwide infamy.

 

This very unique exhibition of +80 original artifacts belonging to the Museum of Cultures of Lugano, Switzerland, enhanced by the visual aids and suggestive set design of Contemporanea Progetti of Florence, Italy explores this island, this habitat, these people and their truly singular culture.

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Photographs
Textiles & Costumes
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Decorative objects
Specimens
Arms & Armours
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General Information

Languages
English
Italian

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Highlights
Curatorial excellence
Star object
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