The Baram Regatta
The categorical design of a Baram Regatta was to surrogate for aged bloody-feuds and to convince a tribes to assist a supervision in gripping a peace. To conceal fighting and head-hunting, a Resident of Baram, Charles Hose orderly an annual competition for a war-canoes of all a villagers to be hold in Apr 1899. All a longhouses in a Baram and Tinjar were informed. They enclosed a Kenyahs of a Baram, a Lirongs of a Tinjar and Madangs of a executive highlands as good as a series of Ibans.
On 6th Apr 1899, about 5 thousand people from Baram and a Madang was encamped between a Resident’s bungalow and Fort Hose. The Ibans took adult buliding in a prolonged quarrel of Chinamen’s emporium in Marudi town. The Tinjar Lirongs arrived after sunset. They were dressed in full fight attires in their fight canoes and on attainment a Lirongs rushed adult a mountain to conflict a Kenyahs in a ridicule battle. After a clash, everybody staid down sensitively for a night.
On daylight of 7th Apr 1899, all a people fabricated in a proxy discussion gymnasium built with palm leaves. The Baram chiefs sat on a prolonged height on one side of a gymnasium while a Tinjar group on a oter. The Resident placed himself in a middle. The dual parties exchanged messages and presents and a good vessel competition was announced to take place on 8th Apr 1899.
At daylight of a regatta twenty racing boats from all a longhouses were brought to a starting indicate for miles upland from a Fort. Each vessel lift between sixty t seventy men, sitting dual abreast. At a sound of a gun, a twenty boats leaped by a water. Soon, dual boats drew out in a front with a grand neck-to-neck race. The leader was a organisation of pacific downriver folks who schooled vessel creation from a Malays of a coast. The crowds on a bank behaved in good amusement and forgot their feuds in a seductiveness of racing.
As of today the regatta, with all a attraction, was not only a small jubilee though underneath a glamorous masquerade a bold immature paddlers from all over Baram district will accumulate here in Marudi to competed in this stirring 3days vessel races. This BARAM REGATTA will always be remembered as a ancestral stress of a fiesta.
Held once any dual years, Baram Regatta, fills with fad and celebrations, is a thoughtfulness of a Baram’s charming past and carries with it informative and chronological significance. Colourful flashy prolonged boats perplexing to out run any other in a Baram river, braggadocio a competence of both a rowers and peculiarity of their crafts. For Baram Regatta 2011, a organizer has line out engaging module such as speed vessel race, informative shows, Baram Idol, beauty pageants, exhibitions and many more.
So see we there!!
(Resources: A Guide to Baram Regional Museum, Fort Hose, Marudi, Sarawak)