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Selako people
Total population
Regions with significant populations

138,100 (West Kalimantan)[1]

70,000 (Sarawak)[2]
Selako language
Christianity, Kaharingan
Related ethnic groups
Bidayuh, Dayak Mualang, Kendayan, Iban people

Selako, Salako, Silakau, Selakau, Selako Dayaks, Bidayuh Selako, Kata Diri' or Damea people is a branch of Dayak people from the Borneo island. They are found in the westernmost part of the Borneo island. In Indonesia, they are found in districts such as Tujuhbelas, Samalantan, Paloh, Tebas, Telukkeramat and Sejangkung of Sambas Regency, and Bengkayang Regency, West Kalimantan.[3] While in Malaysia, most Selakos are settled in areas such as Sematan settlement in Lundu, Sarawak. They are classified as part of the Bidayuh tribe linguistically and geographically.[4] They speak Selako language, which is part of the Malayo Polynesian group and they are categorised as Malayic Dayak. Many Selakos are Christians, having converted to Anglicanism, Sidang Injil Borneo and Roman Catholicism following missionary work in the 19th century.[5]


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  2. ^ Agnes Tugong (3 June 2011). "Masyarakat Selako sambut Gawai cara tersendiri" (in Malay). The Borneo Post. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Darrell T. Tryon (1995). Comparative Austronesian Dictionary: An Introduction to Austronesian Studies. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 3-1108-8401-1. 
  4. ^ Clare L. Boulanger (2009). A Sleeping Tiger: Ethnicity, Class, and New Dayak Dreams in Urban Sarawak. University Press of America. ISBN 0-7618-4376-0. 
  5. ^ Blossom Meghan Jessalyn (2011). Selako. Sess Press. ISBN 978-613-852-3277. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Schneider, William Martin (1979). Social Organization of the Selako Dayak of Borneo. University Microfilms. 

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