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Activities of the Tun Jugah Foundation, Kuching, Sarawak.

Starting at the beginning of 2012, the Tun Jugah Foundation embarked on the publication of a biannual bulletin entitled NGINGIT, written in both English and Iban. Ngingit refers to a species of cicada, a nocturnal insect that never fails to remind those who hear it that evening comes. Thus, Iban, whatever they are doing, know that it is time to stop and prepare to return home from their farms, gardens, or the forest. Published in June and December of each year, this newly launched bulletin is meant to be reflective of ngingit's importance in the life of the Iban by containing articles of interest and importance to members of the Iban community. The Editorial Board of Ngingit invites both local and foreign writers to contribute articles for publication. For those who wish to contribute articles or who would like to read Ngingit, they can write to The Editor of Ngingit at: The Tun Jugah Foundation, Level 4, Tun Jugah Building, 18 Tunku Abdul Rahman Road, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, or may address emails either to janang@tunjugahfoundation. org.my or robert@tunjugahfoundation.org.my. The first issue has already appeared and the second issue will appear at the end of January 2013 [citation of the articles that appeared in Volume 1, issues 1 and 2, can be found in the bibliography section of the BRB].

From 23 to 25 March, 2012, the Tun Jugah Foundation participated in the Intercultural Youth Forum organized by the Sarawak Foundation. During the Forum, Janet Rata Noel, a Curator with the Museum Division of the TJF gave a briefing on the weaving activities carried out by the Tun Jugah Foundation to the Forum's participants. During the "Urban Roots 2012," a program organized by the Green Heights Mall from 18 to 19 May, 2012, in Kuching, weavers from the Tun Jugah Foundation conducted their traditional weaving demonstration. The two-day event attracted a large audience of visitors, many of whom were unfamiliar with the Iban art of weaving.

From 25 to 27 June 2012, Dr. Robert Menua Saleh, Research Director of the Oral History Section of the Tun Jugah Foundation, participated in the 11th Biennial Conference of the Borneo Research Council held at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam, where he presented a paper on the "Rituals of hill rice farming among the Ibans in Sarawak."

Melia Linggi (Textile Director of TJF) and Shirley Vilin Ikok (Weaving Supervisor of TJF) participated in the International Symposium and Exhibition on Natural Dyes and World Eco-Fibre Forum (ISEND-WEFT 2012) held in Kuching from 27 Sept to 1 Oct 2012. Janet Rata Noel (Curator) attended both the symposium and exhibition as a working committee member, representing the TJF. From 10 to 12 October 2012, Janet Rata Noel attended a Conservation Workshop: Toward a Southeast Asian Network in Hanoi, Vietnam. The workshop was planned and conducted by two conservators from the American Museum of Natural History, Judith Levinson and Vuka Roussakis. Melia Linggi and Shirley Vilin Ikok also went to Hanoi in conjunction with the Conservation Workshop. While in Hanoi they visited Vietnam Museum of Ethnography and other places of interest related to textile and weaving activities.

From 15 to 21 October 2012, Janet Rata Noel participated in a celebration of indigenous designs themed 'Rediscovery: ICOGRADA Design Week,' in Kuching. During the celebration, the relevance of designs in local cultures in a globalized world was highlighted. Janet presented a paper entitled "Rediscovery/Cultural conservation: Empowering the cultural conservation consciousness of the locals."

Dr. Robert Menua Saleh (Research Director of Oral History Section) participated in a two-day Borneo studies workshop held 30 November to 1 December, 2012 at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam, where he presented a paper on "The work and holdings of the Tun Jugah Foundation in Sarawak' [see Brief Communications].

Towards the end of 2012, the Tun Jugah Foundation displayed a large collection of silver and gold-plated women's ornaments and accessories assembled by the late Puan Sri Datin Amar Margaret Linggi in the Foundation's Museum at Level 4, Tun Jugah Building. The displayed items included headgear/head-dress (sugu tinggi/sugu pirak); coin dress (baju ringgit); belts and waistlets (sementing ringgit, sengkiling, nyawir, lampit, lebai), corsets/girdles (rawai/lumit), armlets/bracelets (simpai, tumpa), anklets (gelang kaki), bangles (gelang), necklaces (tenggak/kungkung/marik), hair-pins (sumping sanggul), calflets (engkerimuk), and other accessories.

In 2012, the Tun Jugah Foundation received more than 1,200 visitors. While at the Foundation, many visited the Weaving Gallery where a live demonstration of weaving activities is carried out daily by local Iban weavers from 8 to 5 pm five days a week, Monday through Friday. Besides visiting the Weaving Gallery, visitors also visited the Museum, Bead Gallery, and Library (Dr. Robert Menua Saleh, the Tun Jugah Foundation).
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Title Annotation:SARAWAK NEWS
Publication:Borneo Research Bulletin
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Date:Jan 1, 2012
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