Seram, Masihulan , Tari Cakalele

Seram, Masihulan , Tari Cakalele

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Masihulan Hamlet, North Ceram has a traditional dance piece, Cakalele. This Cakalele dance full of simplicity but has a high spirit and sung by the village boys Masihulan. Cakalele dance which lasted about 10 minutes was presented five dancers, the drummers drums, and another carrier track with local land language. Dancers Cakalele attributes that are crossed in the body necklace made ​​from seed-Koti Koti. They carry a sword made ​​from wood and is similar Tobelo shield.

Yamdena, Traditional Dance

Yamdena, Traditional Dance

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The Kai Islands (also Kei Islands) of Indonesia are in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands, in Maluku Province.

Moluccas, Adat Ceremony

Moluccas, Adat Ceremony

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The Maluku Islands, also known as the Moluccas play /məˈlʌkəz/, are an archipelago within Indonesia. Tectonically they are located on the Halmahera Plate within the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. Geographically they are located east of Sulawesi (Celebes), west of New Guinea, and north and east of Timor. The islands were also historically known as the “Spice Islands” by the Chinese and Europeans, but this term has also been applied to other islands outside Indonesia.

Most of the islands are mountainous, some with active volcanoes, and enjoy a wet climate. The vegetation of the small and narrow islands, encompassed by the sea, is very luxuriant; including rainforests, sago, rice and the famous spices – nutmeg, cloves and mace, among others. Though originally Melanesian,[1] many island populations, especially in the Banda Islands, were killed off in the 17th century during the Spice wars. A second influx of Austronesian immigrants began in the early twentieth century under the Dutch and continues in the Indonesian era.

The Maluku Islands formed a single province since Indonesian independence until 1999 when it was split into two provinces. A new province, North Maluku, incorporates the area between Morotai and Sula, with the arc of islands from Buru and Seram to Wetar remaining within the existing Maluku Province. North Maluku is predominantly Muslim and its capital is Ternate. Maluku province has a larger Christian population and its capital is Ambon.

Between 1999 and 2002 conflict between Muslims and Christians killed thousands and displaced half a million people.

“Spice Islands” most commonly refers to the Maluku Islands and often also to the small volcanic Banda Islands, once the only source of mace and nutmeg. This nickname should not be confused with Grenada, which is commonly known as the Island of Spice. The term has also been used less commonly in reference to other islands known for their spice production, notably the Zanzibar Archipelago.

Ternate, Welcome Dance

Ternate, Welcome Dance


Dancers at the dock at Ternate Indonesia, greeting our boat. This was a group doing a traditional dance, arranged by the government for our visit.

Ambon, Lenso Dance

Lenso Dance


Lenso is a folk dance from Minahasan, North Sulawesi and Maluku. The word Lenso means handkerchief, hence it uses that property during the dance.

This dance is commonly presented in groups during some occasions or party, like wedding party, harvest time, new year, Christmas and many more.

Banda, Cakalele dance

Banda, Cakalele dance

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Cakalele dance can be found on the island of Haruku, Central Maluku. Cakalele a traditional Moluccan dance played by about 30 men and women. The male dancers dressed in a war that is dominated by red and dark yellow. On both hands grasping weapons dancer sword (machete) on the right side and a shield (salawaku) on the left side, wearing a hat made of aluminum which is inserted a white feather.
While women dancers wear white clothes while clutching handkerchiefs (lenso) in both hands. The dancers are paired Cakalele it, dancing to the accompaniment of drum music (drum), flute, and large clams (bia) is blown. Dance dance Cakalele also called greatness, because it is used to welcome guests such great religious leaders and government officials who visited the earth Maluku.

The specialty of this dance lies in three function symbols. (1) red dress in costume male dancers, symbolizing the sense of heroism on earth Maluku and Maluku people the courage and patriotism in the face of war. (2) The sword in his right hand symbolizes the pride which the people of Maluku have to be maintained until the death. (3) Shields (salawaku) and shouting loudly blaring on the dance interlude symbolize the protest movement against the system of governance that are considered unbiased to the public. Haruku Island to find some guest house (guest house) and small shops that provide local food typical of Central Maluku.

From Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, tourists can ride public transportation in the form of minibuses Tulehu majors. Then followed by a speed boat ride across the Strait of Tulehu, headed Haruku Island, and takes about 30 minutes.

Ternate, Legu Gam

Legu Gam, Ternate



Carrying the theme “Aroma of Spice on the Silk Route”, the Legu Gam Festival is aimed to preserve the Ternate’s local culture of Maloku Rie Raha adhered to by its 29 tribes. Legu Gam will also display the island’s main products to attract investments.

The Tidore Festival will be filled with songs and dances and competitions, including presentations of local cuisine.  

The two small islands of Ternate and Tidore , located next to the larger island of Halmahera were, in fact, once the original SpiceIslands, the only islands in the world that at that time produced cloves and nutmeg.

Indian and Chinese merchant ships used to call on these islands to load the precious cargo and ship these to their homelands as well as to the Middle East, where Arab merchants would carry them across the deserts and the seas to Europe. In Europe the spices fetched exhorbitant prices.

When in the 16th century the Europeans themselves finally discovered the islands, both Ternate and Tidore were already ruled each by a powerful Sultan, whose influence spread to Sulawesi and Papua. To retain this influence a rivaly between the two sultanates was inevitable. Although at the time, Ternate and Tidore kept fighting one another, it seems that in today’s world, this “rivalry” still continues but is more positively aimed at increasing the welfare of the inhabitants through festivals and to boost tourism.          

Halmahera, Festival Teluk Jailolo

Festival Teluk Jailolo, Halmahera

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Cabaret on The Sea is a contemporary performing art that combines elements of traditional dance, music, drama and dynamic choreography based on the Jailolo society and culture and one of the most integral part of the Festival Teluk Jailolo (Jailolo Gulf Festival). Since its first appearance, Cabaret on The Sea practically became the icon and the culmination of Festival Teluk Jailolo in the next subsequent years.

Cabaret on The Sea is a contemporary performing art that became the community pride of Jailolo. This cabaret appearance at the last year’s festival received many positive reactions, both from indigenous of Jailolo, as well as the tourist, adventurers and the journalists who came to Jailolo only to experience the splendiferousness of this event.

You will be astonished watching the colossal and spectacular cabaret, complete with vivid color costumes, intriguing tales that will spoil your eyes.

This art and cultural event is proudly presented by the Government of West Halmahera District for all travelers in Jailolo.