Gorontaloan people

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Gorontalo people
Gorontalese / Hulondalo / Hulonthalo / Hulontalo
COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Een Alfur vrouw uit Gorontalo Noord-Celebes TMnr 10005743.jpg
A Gorontalo woman, 1913.
Total population
1,800,494 (2014 census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Gorontalo: 934,731
Central Sulawesi: 474,016
North Sulawesi: 168,025
Related ethnic groups

Gorontaloan or Hulandalo / Hulandalo people are the native people to the northern part of Sulawesi. They are the most populous ethnicity in the Minahasa Peninsula. The Gorontaloans are predominantly Muslim.[2] Their native language is Gorontaloan.

The Gorontaloans have traditionally been concentrated in the provinces of Gorontalo, North Sulawesi, and the northern part of Central Sulawesi.


A circumcision event of the Gorontalo people during the Dutch East Indies.

The name Gorontalo probably derives from much terms, such as:[3]

  • Hulontalangio, the name of a tribe who lives in an area
  • Hua Lolontalango, means a cave used for two-way travel
  • Hulutalangi, means noble
  • Huluo lo Tola, means a place where Snakehead fish reproduces
  • Pongolatalo or Pohulatalo, means a waiting place
  • Gunung Telu, means the third mountain
  • Hunto, means a place always flowed with water

Gorontaloans sometime refer themselves as Hulandalo / Hulantalo, a term well known in Gorontalo and North Sulawesi, which usually used to refer the region of Gorontalo or the native people from Gorontalo.


  1. ^ Kewarganegaraan, Suku Bangsa, Agama dan Bahasa Sehari-hari Penduduk Indonesia - Hasil Sensus Penduduk 2010. Badan Pusat Statistik. 2011. ISBN 9789790644175. 
  2. ^ Harry Aveling & Damien Kingsbury (2014). Autonomy and Disintegration in Indonesia. Routledge. ISBN 1-1364-9809-5. 
  3. ^ BPS Provinsi Gorontalo; BAPPEDA Provinsi Gorontalo (2012). Gorontalo Dalam Angka 2012: Gorontalo in Figures 2012. Pemerintah Provinsi Gorontalo.