The Gawi Dance of Ende
Every region in Flores has its own distinctive dance. This beautiful island in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, is not only known for its incredible natural beauty and panoramic views; the island is a haven of various tribes, languages, religions, whose unique cultures and traditions are of major interests to tourists both local and foreign. Each tribe expresses itself differently and with a variety of traditional dances owned by each different region.
In Kabupaten Ende, the Lio people perform the Gawi Dance or Tarian Gawi during religious ceremonies, festivals, parties and celebrations. The Gawi Dance is one of the most ancient tribal dances in Ende and is performed to showcase the tribe’s gratitude and thanks to God and their ancestors. The name Gawi itself comes from the word Ga – which means shy and Wi – which means interesting.
Gawi Dance can also be interpreted as a message of unity. During a performance, Gawi Dance is performed en masse by holding hands and forming a circle-like formation with men in the inner circle and women in the outer circle. This dance is often featured in a number of ceremonies, such as the time of harvest, the construction of traditional houses, the appointment of tribal chiefs and other traditional events.
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