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Spirit of The Hornbill led by Siti Habibah as chief and Apriyadi as vice chief. The dream to build Spirit of The Hornbill began when Siti started to teach Dayak traditional dance for elementary school in Palangka Raya. After few months teaching, the parents of Siti’s students wanted their children to have more intensive dance training, thus the academy started (with only 6 students). Siti then met Aryadi, they both share the same dream to build dance studio in Palangka Raya to facilitate young generation to learn more about traditional dance art. In 19th January, 2013 Spirit of The Horbill founded in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia.


Spirit of The Hornbill is supported by David Metcalf, a profesional Photographer from New Zealand. The main purpose of Spirit of The Hornbill is to conserve Central Kalimantan art and culture to the next future generation. Spirit Of The Hornbill is a registered organization that accommodates cultural arts activities, especially in the city of Palangka Raya. Spirit Of The Hornbill is also know as Sanggar seni dan Budaya (Art and culture academy) Darung Tingang which means A Brave and Courageous Hornbill.

[su_quote cite=”Albert Einstein”]We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.[/su_quote]


What we do

Spirit Of The Hornbill is a unique passion and spirit. The main activities are to manage dance class and music class, Spirit of the Hornbill is also producing Dayak T-Shirt, Dayak Accessories , and also working on modern ethnic band acoustics.

Here are some of Spirit Of The Hornbill programs :
1. Facilitating younger generation who want to learn traditional dance and music of Central Kalimantan
2. Teaching dance and traditional music of Central Kalimantan in 5 public schools, more than 150 students.
3. Teaching traditional dance Central Kalimantan in the remote villages
4. Hold a dance workshop for residents in the village who want to learn traditional dance Central Kalimantan, which aims to become a dance teacher in the village.


Spirit Of The Hornbill revenue is coming from the sale of works of Spirit Of The Hornbill itself, appearance money and rent costumes.


For the future, Spirit Of The Hornbill is working to go the next level, it is our dream to participate in international dance and music event. It is our spirit and passion to show and to tell to international community about Dayak culture. It is also Spirit of The Hornbill’s dream to give more traditional dance and music lesson to bigger number young people to enable them to know and to own the precious culture heritage of Dayak.

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