Emmanuela Shinta

Emmanuela Shinta

Ranu Welum Foundation

Schedule :

Friday, May 3rd
  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 13:45 – 16:00
Saturday, May 4th
  • 9:30 – 10:00
  • 13:45 – 16:00


Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young people. Her work has been recognized widely in Asia Pacific, including being the icon of Asian Geographic issue 117 Planet Under Fire and featured in UNICEF Global White Paper Women Health & Climate 2017. With organization called Ranu Welum Foundation which she founded in 2016, she has trained more than 100 young indigenous people to be able to use camera to tell their causes. She has been speaking on behalf of her communities in regional and international forum about public misconception on Dayak people and bringing the stories from the ground up to global audience through short videos and documentaries.

About Dayak Maanyan

Once upon a time, there was an ancient Kingdom called Nan Sarunai which means, The Most Famous One. Yes, it was famous for its golden treasures and land resources. People were prosperous and happy. The king and the people really loved to sing and dance. Every day musical instruments were played and people would dance and sing happily. One of the most famous instruments was the flute with seven holes called a Sarunai. With strong brotherhood and simplicity, the kingdom lasted for more than a thousand years before Majapahit attacked and destroyed the kingdom. The Dayak Maanyan is one of the oldest tribes whose built their own kingdom in very ancient times. Their history goes back a long way. While the Kutai Kingdom in East Kalimantan is noted as the oldest kingdom in the archipelago, research in 1996 carried out on the ruins of a temple found in South Kalimantan which once belonged to Nan Sarunai territory, shows that Nan Sarunai existed in 200 BC. It means that Nan Sarunai Kingdom is 600 years older than Kutai Kingdom, which was built in the 4th century. Dadas is the name for the female dance and Bawo for male dance. Both of the dancers wear at least three pairs of large bracelets on both wrists and dance beautifully following the rhythm, beat and music produced by traditional instruments.


Talk Summary

We believe indigenous wisdoms are the key to save the planet. Those are the wisdoms that have been keeping our forests for thousands hears. It cannpt be replaced by technology, yet technology can be very effective to suppor the restoration of the ecosystem and to enhance our responsibilities as human. This is where our generation has to play the role. Indigenous wisdoms combined with skills and knowledges that we obtain from education is a very powerful tool to make a change and create a better future.