Selako people

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Selako people
Salako / Silakau / Selakau / Bidayuh Selako / Kata Diri' / Damea
Total population
Regions with significant populations
 Indonesia (West Kalimantan)138,100[1]
 Malaysia (Sarawak)70,000[2]
Selako, Indonesian, Malaysian
Christianity, Kaharingan
Related ethnic groups
Bidayuh, Dayak Mualang, Kendayan, Iban

Selako, also known as Salako, Silakau, Selakau, Selako Dayaks, Bidayuh Selako, Kata Diri' or Damea is an indigenous Dayak ethnic group that lives in the westernmost part of Borneo island. In Indonesia, they are found in districts such as Tujuhbelas, Samalantan, Paloh, Tebas, Telukkeramat and Sejangkung of Sambas Regency, and Bengkayang Regency, West Kalimantan.[3] While in Malaysia, most Selakos are settled in areas such as Sematan settlement in Lundu, Sarawak. They are classified as part of the Bidayuh tribe linguistically and geographically.[4] They speak Selako language (also known as Kendayan, not to be confused with Kedayan), which is a branch of Malayic (especially Malayic Dayak) languages instead of Bornean or Land Dayak like most Dayaks, besides Selako they also speak Malaysian and Sarawak Malay in Malaysia and Indonesian in Indonesia. Many Selakos are Christians, they are mostly Anglicans, Bornean Evangelicals and Roman Catholics following missionary work in the 19th century.[5]


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  2. ^ Agnes Tugong (3 June 2011). "Masyarakat Selako sambut Gawai cara tersendiri" (in Malay). The Borneo Post. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  3. ^ Darrell T. Tryon (1995). Comparative Austronesian Dictionary: An Introduction to Austronesian Studies. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 3-1108-8401-1.
  4. ^ Clare L. Boulanger (2009). A Sleeping Tiger: Ethnicity, Class, and New Dayak Dreams in Urban Sarawak. University Press of America. ISBN 0-7618-4376-0.
  5. ^ Blossom Meghan Jessalyn (2011). Selako. Sess Press. ISBN 978-613-852-3277.

Further reading[edit]

  • Schneider, William Martin (1979). Social Organization of the Selako Dayak of Borneo. University Microfilms.

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