HomeBlogs Dendang Dance Bacan has no truly native population, and has been settled by people
from neighbouring regions, especially by Tobelorese, Galelarese and
Makianese, but also from Sulawesi.
However, over the centuries a
distinct Bacanese culture and even language (a very distinct dialect of
Malay) has evolved around the Kraton (palace) in Labuha.
will have to be quite lucky to come across obvious manifestations of
this Bacanese culture, but I have seen the Bacanese Kraton's sacred
Dendang dance performed for the sultan of Ternate during his birthday
celebrations. It is a slow and graceful dance with betelnut containers
accompanied by traditional music and singing.