May these Kadazan personages provide you with insights in your search for your own role in Kadazan society.
People learn from each other, whether from the good they have done or from their failed encounters with life's events.
It is said that it is much easier to learn from the success stories of other people while avoiding the pitfalls that pulled them down at one time or another.
One or two may not have Kadazan-sounding names, but all of them are of Kadazan ancestry. There are those who occupy prominent places in Kadazan history. There are lesser ones. The valuable contribution of many Kadazans remain unknown. These people were or are heroes or heroines in their own special way.
May you and I learn from the lives of our own leaders.Station in Life Is Not The Only Determinant
Perhaps, one day, the way you live your life as a person, and particularly as a Kadazan, will encourage other Kadazans to truly live as a Kadazan must live. Perhaps you will kindle in your people the spark that will ignite their love for their own people.
You may appreciate the far-reaching impacts of the Kadazan personages described or listed herein. Sooner or later, you will have your turn to inspire others. You are doing it already.
You may consider some of these Kadazan leaders as role models. You are a role model in the making.
Let the Lives of These Kadazans Speak to You
Let the personal life story of Kadazan leaders speak to you. Let these Kadazan personalities give you the insights that you may need.
Unknown Leaders of the Past
The harsh living conditions thousands of years ago would have required strong and wise leaders. The very fact that the Kadazan people are still around today is testimony to their prowess and great abilities.
It does not really matter by what name they called themselves then. And whatever they believed then in is not very important. Their exploits as "Kadazan personalities" of the past help their people blaze a path into the future which is NOW.Important Place of Kadazan Women as Leaders
Dintas, was probably the most famous of chief priestesses. It was recorded that she was referred to as a "Dusun Maharani". It was said that many English colonial officials sought the opportunity to meet her. She was believed to have lived in the first half of the 19th century. You may say that she was one of the Kadazan personages of the past with great influence.
Two Kadazan priestesses were said to be very powerful. Whenever they led ceremonies simultaneously at different houses, the cockerels could exchange places. These were the legendary Piozon and Posohungka. They reputedly made a giant cannon to appear on top of the Tombovo-Maang mountain ridge. That cannon was used by the Tangaah to fight against the Brunei navy, it was said.
Kadazan Legendary Leaders
Among the legendary Kadazan personalities were Monsopiad and Gantang. This may also include Sungob.
Datuk Peter Joinod Mojuntin
Most of the following personalities were the prominent leaders. Many would surely know Dato Donald (later Tun Fuad) Stephens and Datuk Peter Joinod Mojuntin.
Among the present-day Kadazan leaders are:
Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan
There are many Kadazan personages who became or are among the successful professionals.
(Note: "Dr." for other than Medical Doctor.)
Other Kadazan personages or leaders in other areas of Kadazan or public / community life.
The main criteria include beneficial contribution in whatever form to the progress and development of the Kadazan people in particular and or to society in general.
The names of those who have the potential of contributing to Kadazan progress in whatever form, are also listed.
Only time can tell.
This means that the list is open-ended. It does not matter how small the contribution is. However, it is important that the contribution is beneficial in one way or another.
Let the positive qualities of these leaders, including Kadazan personages, inspire you. Learn from the mistakes, if any, that any of them may have made.
And move on. Progress to the next level.
Tribute to the Unknown Kadazan Leader
Tribute is a must to the unknown Kadazan leader or leaders whose ability ensured the survival of the Kadazan people right to this day.
This would inevitably include the name of AKI Maragang, Runsud, Rongguvai, Tomui, and Sayap.
Left to Right: Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing and Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan
Updated today, April 28, 2017