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Open Access Dayaks Prior to Independence (up to 1945)

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Dayaks Prior to Independence (up to 1945)

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This chapter examines conditions prevailing prior to independence in the region that later became West Kalimantan. Those conditions prevented the emergence of Dayaks in the colonial-era government and contributed to the challenges that they faced after independence. West Kalimantan's post-independence history has seen considerable conflict between Dayaks and Madurese, as well as outbreaks involving Chinese and the Malay communities. The chapter focuses on the origins and development of distinctive ethnic identities within the indigenous Dayak and Malay populations of the province. The Dayak peoples were the original inhabitants of the island of Kalimantan. The existence of Senganan as a new identity was usually acknowledged by both the sending Dayak community and the accepting Malay community. Under Dutch rule, most parts of West Kalimantan were ruled through the Malay sultanates, and more than half of the regions outside Java were also indirectly ruled.

Keywords: Dayak community; Dutch rule; Malay sultanates; West Kalimantan



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