Fataele Dance of Nias Regency, Indonesia


During the vacation in Nias Regency, tourists should not forget to enjoy the local traditions, including Fataele Dance. In a nutshell, it is the war dance performed by the locals and it has a strong relationship with the jumping stone tradition – Hombo Batu. Not only the dance looks beautiful, but it has an interesting history as well. According to the locals, the dance has been done for decades, since the presence of wars between villages. These days, it has become one of the best charms of Nias, especially South Nias Regency of Indonesia.

The Nuance
Actually, the locals also call it Falauaya Dance. The unique thing is that the dance is performed by many male dancers. They wear traditional attire, having the colors of red, black, and yellow. The ornaments include a traditional crown, a sword, a spear, and a shield. As if, these dancers are getting prepared to go to a war! During the performance, the lead dancer gives instructions to other dancers, performing a certain formation. The moves look entertaining and these men often shout bravery words to increase their spirit during the dance.

Enjoying Fataele Dance
Even though Fataele Dance represents bravery, it features dynamic movements as well. The beat of the feet of the dancers are also mesmerizing, combined with the astonishing music. During the performance, the dancers would move the sword or spear around as the representation of the war spirit. Not to mention these dancers would shout several times, expressing the bravery of a warrior. On top of that, the beautiful attire of the dancers looks so stunning. In terms of duration, the dance usually lasts for 10-20 minutes.

Aside from enjoying the dance moves, tourists can learn the history of Fataele Dance itself. It is said the dance is strongly related to Hombo Batu. According to the locals, both of the traditions were born due to the presence of wars in the past. In fact, boys trained the movements of the war and the skill to jump the stone back then. Later, those who passed the tests were considered ready to go to the war. Here is the tip. For further information regarding such history, it is better to hire a local guide.

As for the consideration, it is better to head to Baweu Mate Luwo Village to enjoy the dance. After all, it is the place where the dance is often performed. At the same location, tourists can enjoy another local attraction called Hombo Batu. Make sure to carry a camera and some snacks when going there.

Nearby Attractions

  • Hombo Batu
  • Maena Competition

How to Get There
The best place to watch the dance is South Nias Regency. For tourists who come from Jakarta City, they need to take a plane and head to Binaka Airport in Gunungsitoli City. This may take about 13 hours, actually. After arriving at the capital of Nias, the next destination is South Nias Regency. Travelers can take advantage of any type of transportation service, for sure.

Where to Stay

  • Dian Otomosi Hotel
  • Tinca Hotel
  • Nias Palace Hotel
  • Charlita Hotel

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