Tadau Ka’amatan (Harvest Festival) 2016 @ KDCA Penampang

“People without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots..”-Marcus Gravey

A Ka’amatan Gallery by @joehairie
KDCA Cultural Village


I recently went to KDCA (Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association) Hall or The Hongkod Koisaan (Unity Hall). As I will have my hands tied to other commitments on the 30-31 May 2016, I decided to visit the KDCA on the 29 May 2016. Preparations for the Tadau Ka’amatan celebrations were still ongoing when I came here therefore most cultural/traditional houses are not ready for visitors. It will be fully open to public on the 30 May 2016 with lots of interesting activities being planned by the organizers.

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Unduk Ngadau 2016: Is she the next Huminodun or a Beauty Queen for 365 days?

(Credit to Adiputera)

The Unduk Ngadau winner is supposed to be able to exude a high degree of moral because they are representing the Kadazan, Dusun and Murut women. We are also looking at a winner who can be the role model to the younger generation and has a spirit of voluntarism in being willing to sacrifice her time for the community, besides being intelligent to ably present our country, culture and tourism to the world”-Joanna Kitingan

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Unduk Ngadau Pesta Kaamatan: The Legend


Unduk Ngadau is about getting back to roots. The roots of the Kadazandusun. It is about The Spirit Of Rice and understanding why and how Kinoingan and Suminundu sacrificed their only daughter, Ponompuan . She is later known as Huminodun, the transformed sacrifice and her spirit (Rusod) now lives in every plant. Huminodun’s rusod in paddy is regarded as Sunduan in status and is fondly called Bambarayon by Bobolians to denote the highest hierarchical position of this plant in the eyes of all Kadazan Dusuns. (KDCA.December 7, 2004).

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