The vision of Chanteek Borneo is to promote and keep alive the Borneo cultural heritage through creativity and innovation. The museum was setup in 2014 with a mission to replicate all the traditional costumes from 300 ethnicities and sub-ethnicities group in Borneo Island into a miniature size for Barbie-alike doll.
The exhibition is aimed to educate our visitors and the younger generations about the Bornean people and their culture, practiced and livelihood before the globalisation and the Internet took over.
The museum is a brainchild of the founder, Anne Antah, who started with the dolls creation in 2011. Started with 7 pairs of the most common costume dolls (Kadazan Penampang, Kadazan Papar, Bajau Samah, Rungus, Murut, Lundayeh and Dusun Lotud) supplied to a souvenir shop, she found out that the general public was intrigued by some of the costumes that they never seen before. Likewise the sellers had a difficulty too in selling the doll, as they themselves are not familiar with some of the costumes.
With the realisation that not many people especially the young generation has adequate information on the traditional costumes, she took it as a mission to build a mini museum as a centre for visitors and culture-enthusiast to learn, explore and fall in love with the cultural heritage of the Borneans.
“Chanteek Borneo is for our future generations, it is my investment for my children and my grandchildren. In many years to come, I’m sure my children will have many questions about their roots, about their country, about their ancestors, about their existence. I might not be around to answer their questions later but I can leave something for them while I’m still alive, something for them to refer to in the future.
I once have many questions about my race; my roots and my ancestors. I was confused, being brought up in a mix culturally environment; my grandfather was a typical Chinese who offer incense on the red altar every morning to his dead ancestors while my grandmother was a typical Dusun who believe in the ‘spirit’ world and go through weird (the term I used when I was a little girl) rituals performed by a women priestess ‘Bobohizan’.
Before time runs out, I have a mission to gather as many information about costumes which was once wore by the North Bornean. My quest is racing against time; before many of our elderly elders leaving us without passing their knowledge. I believe everyone will reach to a point, someday; where they would start digging their past, looking for an answer for ‘Who am I?’, ‘What is my identity?’.” – Anne Antah
What could you gain at Chanteek Borneo? Here, you could learn all about Sabah’s people and their culture in general with miniature scenes. Cute dolls are dressed in a traditional costumes, houses and structures are scaled to depict scene based on local folklore and legend.
You might have a lots of question about the Sabahan. For example, the head-hunting, whether is it still in practised? Or why do we lives on a tree-top previously or whether the Kadazandusun is in a mourning state since we wore black costume most of the time? Well, you have landed at the right place! Chanteek Borneo could probably have the answer for all your curiosity! Talk to our friendly in-house guide, we are very much delighted to assist you because culture is our passions.
The next time you’re coming to Sabah, make sure to put Chanteek Borneo as one of your must visit destination. Indeed Chanteek Borneo is The Little World of Sabah, where you could experience the best of Sabah’s culture.