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August 7, 2014

Likurai Dance

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Likurai dance, a Tetun cultural heritage, danced by the children of the new settlers* in East Nusa Tenggara. Likurai dance is originally danced by the women to welcome the men coming back from the war. Tetun/Tetum is the largest ethnic group in what is now Timor Leste. Some Tetun descendants are now living in Indonesia, after their decision to remain as Indonesian citizens - when the majority of East Timorese decided to split from Indonesia and established the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste in 1999.

*the term of 'new settlers' refers to the ex-East Timor refugees settling in Indonesia.

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  1. hi do you happen to have the lyrics of some of their chants for their dances? if possible please email me :) thanks