Welcome to KadazanHomeland

KadazanHomeland is the place where you can get information about the Kadazan people whose homeland is Sabah, a founding member of the Malaysia Federation, situated at the northern part of the island of Borneo.

Kadazan_Homeland -

  • Contains practically everything about the Kadazan people of Sabah.
  • Hopes to bring the Kadazan people closer, whatever their political ideology or religious affiliation may be.
  • Aims to act as a bridge between every member of the Kadazan people, adults, youth and children.
  • Aspires to make every Kadazan individual proud to belong to the Kadazan race and to make each of them feel at home when browsing through KadazanHomeland.
  • Uses the terminology "Kadazan" in the broad sense, namely, it includes Dusunic tribes although they may prefer to call themselves "Dusun." It is not intended to offend any of them in any way.
  • Makes available a Kadazan Language Section Baagizan Boos Kadazan) to -
    1. Give visitors some knowledge of the Kadazan Tangaá Language. It is not intended to be exhaustive.
    2. Provide links to other websites that contain information on the Kadazan or Dusunic peoples. You need to exercise due care when clicking on any of these links. Make sure you have read the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.

What KadazanHomeland is NOT:

  • NOT a place where arguments are presented for or against the use of a particular name for the group of Sabahan people who belong to the Kadazan Tangaá (Tangará) tribe as well as other Dusunic tribes.
  • (By the way, the Kadazan Tangaá were also grouped under "Dusun" during the British colonial rule.)

  • NOT a website with connection to any political or religious group.
  • NOT a place belittling anyone, whether he or she belongs to the Kadazan racial group or not.

The information contained herein are made as accurate as possible. Ensure that you read the disclaimer and privacy policy of KadazanHomeland.com.

The contents are as listed below.

  • Origin and earliest known history of the Kadazan people.
    1. Kadazan Ancestors
    2. Aki Maragang of Nabalu
    3. Internal Migration
    4. North Borneo: Land Below the Wind
    5. Under Brunei influence
    6. Neglect under British colonial rule

  • Search for Kadazan Identity
    1. Ability to speak and understand Kadazan Language
    2. Worst case scenario: Inability of third generation to speak and understand the Kadazan Language.

    3. Farming community growing wet rice
    4. Worst case scenario: Total loss of identification with rice farming.

    5. Called "Dusun" by British colonialists after the name the Bruneis gave them
    6. Worst case scenario: Kadazan people remain divided due to different names used.

    7. Risk of becoming a dead language
    8. Worst case scenario: Loss of language leads to loss of identity.

    9. Traditional Dress
    10. Skills at gong-beating and sumazau
    11. Traditional food and drinks

  • Language and Culture
    1. The Tangaá (Tangará) Language
    2. Other Dusunic (Kadazan) tribes
    3. Kaamatan celebration
    4. Sumazau
    5. Unduk Ngadau

  • Religious beliefs
    1. Animistic belief and rituals
    2. The Magavau
    3. The Moginakan
    4. Mogondí, Modsuau, Manavit
    5. Monogit
    6. Kopuunan
    7. Naasab-asab
    8. Christianity
    9. Other religious belief

  • Modern History
    1. Nabahú Za
    2. Kadazan Cultural Association (Koisaan Koubasanan Kadazan)
    3. Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA) (Koisaan Koubasanan Kadazan Dusun)
    4. Socio-economic status
    5. Integration into Malaysian society
    6. Effects of development and urbanization

  • The Search for Unity
    1. Brothers Against Brothers
    2. Splintered leadership of yesteryears
    3. The establishment of the Kadazan Cultural Association
    4. Establishment of the "Huguan Siou" paramount leadership position
    5. One heart, one mind under original UPKO
    6. Triple Six Tragedy
    7. Divided allegiance after UPKO
    8. Rejection of "Huguan Siou" position
    9. Temporary unity under PBS
    10. Second time parting of ways
    11. "Tumiim" event between Kadazan-Dusun leaders
    12. Continuing efforts to become one people

  • Patriotism and Being True to Own People
    1. Patriotism and role in nation building
    2. Role of the Kadazan people in community building
    3. Kadazan in the 21st century and beyond

  • Artifacts, Handicrafts, Tools and Implements
    1. Tangkong and Himpogot
    2. Tadang and Bakid
    3. Sinaging and Boungon
    4. Tosung and Tuunau
    5. Ladu and Suud
    6. Lagus and Gazat
    7. Hingkut, Tangkob and Nutip
    8. Taasok and Tatanom
    9. Guguzangan and Kikizapan
    10. Dango and Papanaá
    11. Kapak and Dudunsu

  • Music and Dances
    1. Tagung
    2. Tongkungon
    3. Sundatang
    4. Kungkuvak
    5. Sompoton
    6. Bungkau
    7. Tuahi (Turali)
    8. Sumazau Dance
    9. Batibas Dance

  • Mt. Akinabalú, the Sacred Mountain of the Kadazans
    1. What's in the Name?
    2. The Dragon of Kinabalu: A mere Legend
    3. Tourist destination
    4. Kinabalu Climbathon
    5. The Vegetable Farms around Mt. Kinabalu
    6. Poring Hot Springs
    7. Home town of Aki Maragang

  • Myths, Folklore and Legends
    1. The legend of Huminodun
    2. Uguk and Manggung, the Pangazou warriors
    3. Legendary Monsopiad

  • Profile of Kadazan Personalities
    1. Donald (Fuad) Stephens
    2. Peter Joinod Mojuntin
    3. Vincent Lojingau
    4. Darius Binion
    5. James Ongkili
    6. Bishop Cornelius Piong
    7. Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom
    8. Joseph Pairin Kitingan
    9. Bernard Giluk Dompok
    10. Rev. Fr. Augustine Amandus
    11. Monsignor Primus Jouil
    12. Datuk Fred Jinu
    13. Tan Sri Simon Sipaun
    14. Clarence Bongkos Malakun
    15. Samuel Majalang
    16. Peter Batungan
    17. Peter Lansing
    18. Bridget Jaua
    19. Emmanuel Maluda
    20. Stanislaus Tendahal
    21. Marcel Leiking
    22. Conrad Mojuntin
    (Note: Additions will be made to this list.)

  • Kadazan Language Section
  • - Baagizan Id Boos Kadazan -
    KadazanHomeland is not true to its goal of presenting a certain picture of the Kadazan people if information about them are not made available in their own language, the ultimate test of their Kadazan idenity.
    1. Boos no ii popointutun do Tinaú. (Language identifies people as belonging to a particular race.)
    2. Iisai o tinaú Kadazan om mantad nomboo haid ziohó? (Who are the Kadazan people and where did they originate from?)
    3. Tandá ngaaví do kointutunan do Tinaú Kadazan. (Symbols of Kadazan identity.)
    4. Kadazan mogium kointutunan. (Kadazan search for identity.)
    5. Osodú panaon mogium do piisaan (Long road to Unity)
    6. Susuzan moden Tinaú Kadazan. (Modern history of the Kadazan race.)
    7. Ningkokoton poimbidá do "Huguan Siou". (The special role of the paramount chief, "Huguan Siou".)
    8. Nunu ii iman-imanon do Tinaú Kadazan? (What are the aspirations of the Kadazan people?)

  • Kadazan Dictionary (Kadazan Thesaurus)
  • KadazanHomeland also provides information on the Kadazan language and the meaning of selected Kadazan words and phrases.
    1. Kadazan Language of the Tangaá (Tangará) tribe.
    2. The language of other Kadazan (Dusunic) race.
    3. Kadazan Dictionary (Kadazan Thesaurus).
      • Tinaú Kadazan
      • Boos Kadazan ii miipiagá kangaangaai (Kadazan words that almost sound alike)
      • Boos Kadazan ii miagá o komozon (Kadazan Synonyms)
      • Boos Kadazan ii mihavan / migagá o komozon (Kadazan Antonyms)
      • Nuhudan Boos Kadazan di Onibó (Short Phrases)
      • Lahan Mangait (Pronunciation)

KadazanHomeland provides some information in Kadazan under the Kadazan Language Section and Kadazan Dictionary Pages. However, the information at the Kadazan Language Section are paraphrased translation of some of the information available in English.

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Many people, including many in Kadazan communities, are confused whether the name is of recent origin or was in use a long time ago. In fact, the name is centuries old.
Kadazan Early History
Kadazan early history painted a picture of a people looking for land where they could settle and progress, looking upwards to the skies with pride and great hope for the future.
Kadazan Search for Identity
Kadazan Search for Identity is similar to the search by other races in the world. Being proud of being a Kadazan is a strength that can help Kadazans contribute to nation building.
Kadazan Language
Kadazan Language is the language spoken by the Tangaa (Tangara) sub-race. This language is spoken in the region that stretches from Nosoob-Kepayan area through Penampang-Putatan to Papar.
Kadazan Dictionary
The first Kadazan Dictionary, "Kadazan-English and English-Kadazan Dictionary" (1958) was compiled by A. Antonissen, a Catholic Mill Hill priest.
Kadazan Custom and Tradition
Kadazan Custom and Tradition basically developed from the animistic belief of their ancestors and their agricultural background as rice farmers.
Kadazan Religious Beliefs
You may find that there are different Kadazan religious beliefs. But this does not prevent any of them from participating in events organised by Kadazan communities such as the Pesta Kaamatan.
Kadazan Traditional Music
Kadazan traditional music and dances would refer respectively to the sounds produced by "Magagung" (gong beating), "Bungkau", "Sompoton" and to the Kadazan dances of "Sumazau" and "Batibas"
Kadazan Harvest Festival
The Kadazan harvest festival is celebrated throughout the month of May each year. It culminates in the grand Harvest Festival Celebration on the 30th and 31st of May at the Hongkod Koisaan.
Kadazan Modern History
Kadazan modern history alternates between amazing achievements and heart-breaking events that sometimes pit Kadazan leaders against each other.
Kadazan Personages
Getting to know some Well-known Kadazan personages, past and present.
Sabah is a founding member of the Federation of Malaysia that came into being on 16th September 1963.
Mount Kinabalu
Mount Kinabalu, revered by the Kadazan people of Sabah, is the highest mountain in South East Asia. It was near this majestic mountain that Aki Maragang lived with his family.
The Case for Penampang University
It is almost fifty years since the formation of the Federation of Malaysia. It is high time for the Penampang University to be built.
KadazanHomeland Blog
The time for decision is HERE! KadazanHomeland Blog hopes to provide some pointers as the Kadazan people journey on along the road to greater understanding and lasting unity among their people.
Susuzan Id Boos Kadazan
Susuzan id Boos Kadazan diti monusuzan kokomoi do tinaú Kadazan, boos om kointutunan diohó, koubasanan om lahan diohó mamaamasi. Kivaa nogi baagizan komozon do boos Kadazan (Kadazan Dictionary.
Komohoingan Tinau Kadazan: Mantad Nomboo Zioho?
Muot ko dati mantad nomboo haid o komohoingan Tinau Kadazan. Ti-uot diti avasi toomod. Ingkaa no potitikid tinau tuhun id vinoun. Au tumood zioho do mongiho do susuzan do tuhun dioho sondii.
Meaning of Kadazan Words
The meaning of Kadazan words listed previously HERE is intended to help you verify the extent of your knowledge on the Kadazan language.
Privacy Policy
This is the privacy policy of KadazanHomeland. The privacy of KadazanHomeland visitors is important.
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