Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019, 2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

Mendu, Whose has it? (The Miserable Fate ofthe Traditional Theater Mendu West Kalimantan)

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294775,
        author={Gunta  Wirawan and Herman J. Waluyo and Sarwiji  Suwandi and Sahid Teguh Widodo},
        title={Mendu, Whose has it? (The Miserable Fate ofthe Traditional Theater Mendu West Kalimantan)},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st Conference of Visual Art, Design, and Social Humanities by Faculty of Art and Design, CONVASH 2019,  2 November 2019, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={CONVASH},
        year={2020},
        month={8},
        keywords={traditional theater mendu heritage preservation},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294775}
    }
    
  • Gunta Wirawan
    Herman J. Waluyo
    Sarwiji Suwandi
    Sahid Teguh Widodo
    Year: 2020
    Mendu, Whose has it? (The Miserable Fate ofthe Traditional Theater Mendu West Kalimantan)
    CONVASH
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2019.2294775
Gunta Wirawan1,*, Herman J. Waluyo1, Sarwiji Suwandi1, Sahid Teguh Widodo2
  • 1: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta Indonesia;
  • 2: Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia.
*Contact email: gwirawan91@gmail.com

Abstract

Who owns the traditional theater of mendu? This satire question is very intriguing considering that mendu is a typical art of West Kalimantan which originates from Malikian, Mempawah District. The people of West Kalimantan are the legal owners of the art. However, the rapid modernization has a negative impact on the sustainability of the mendu. Mendu slowly began to be abandoned by the community supporters. The question that arises then is whether mendu's traditional theater is seen as a memory or a legacy? If its only considered a memory, it is enough to be an archive stored in the museum. However, if there is still concern to regard it as an inheritance, it means that all parties must be responsible for preserving it. This study attempts to describe the factors causing the decline of the West Kalimantan mendu. The method used is descriptive qualitative form. Data collection techniques are done by studying the text (literature study), interviews, and observations. The study is done by classifying the parts that are the object of research. The results of the study revealed the factors that caused the loss of the glory of mendu which should have become a cultural treasure of West Kalimantan.