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Tekná - a vanishing oral tradition among the Kayan people of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo

Wan, Roselind; Renganathan, Sumathi; Kral, Inge


The documentation of the oral traditions of non-literate indigenous communities is a vital aspect of the preservation and survival of indigenous knowledge, culture and tradition. In this article, we discuss tekná, an oral tradition of the Kayan people in Sarawak. Here we trace not only the historical background of tekná, but also explore its current status and practices among the Kayan. We present an example of tekná sung by a Kayan elder. This forms the basis for a discussion about how the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Indonesia and the Malay World
DOI: 10.1080/13639811.2018.1457617
Access Rights: Open Access


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