Date : Saturday 12th May 2018
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Venue: PKMS Building Singapore (3 mins walk from Eunos MRT)
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The keris (kris, cris) is an iconic cultural artefact unique only to the Malay Archipelago. Nowhere else around the world, has any other weapon that even closely resembles that of a keris, has been found to date. It is regarded as a unique cultural identifier of the indigenous maritime Malays from Nusantara (Malay Archipelago). Colonial masters; British (Raffles – East India Company) exacted a ban on the carrying of the keris by the Malays in Singapore and the Straits Settlements in 1824, with the intention to quell frequent violence from disputes and uprisings by non-colonial sympathisers.
This act was followed by the Dutch (Dutch East India Company) in Java in 1830, after the capture of Diponegoro. Since then, the subject of the keris as a significant aspect of Malay life, fell into obscurity and mystery. Only select communities from the Royal Malay rulers and aristocrats continued with the keris tradition.
2. OBJECTIVES: WHAT is the Session’s Main Goal?
a. OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE: Aims of Session
For too long the subject of the keris has been shrouded by myths and misconceptions arising from its deviated understanding as a magical and mystical implement fitting for shamans or as a ruthless killing weapon by war-crazed warriors, as portrayed by many media these days.
This workshop, “THE KERIS: An Introduction aims at re-introducing the subject of the keris in an objective manner; from its supposed origins, to its evolution, to its importance as a historical and cultural identifier. This workshop will also address and dispel irrelevant beliefs, taboos and fears with that of scientific understanding and accompanying logic.
b. LESSON/WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES: Learning Outcome
By the end of this session; “THE KERIS: An Introduction” ; attendees will learn the following:
i) The Keris: An Introduction
a) Definition & Cultural Significance
b) History & Origins
c) Myths & Legends
ii) The Keris: Sphere of Influence
b) Stylistic Forms
iii) The Keris: Parts, Handling & Courtesy
a) Identification of Parts
b) Handling & Safety
iv) The Keris: References
a) Notable Literature on Keris
3. AUDIENCE: WHO is the intended audience?
This session is suitable for the following audience groups:
a. Students & Educators
b. Cultural Activists & Enthusiasts
c. Public and General Interest Groups
d. Collectors, Curators and Heritage Conservation Groups
e. Tourists, Expats and New Citizens
4. FORM: WHAT form Will This Session Take?
This session, “THE KERIS: An Introduction” will be set in a classroom setting with an ideal audience size of 30 participants or less. This is to ensure that focus and direct interaction can be provided effectively to attendees throughout the session.
5. ACTIVITIES: WHAT activities will be involved?
This session will include the following activities:
a. PowerPoint Slide Presentation By Facilitator
b. Interactive Question & Answer Session with Facilitator
Additional Activities Includes:
a. Exhibit of Keris & Cultural Artefacts
b. Demonstration of Traditional Dress with Keris
c. Demonstration of Traditional Martial Arts With Keris
*** Guided hands on experience may be delivered in small groups
accompanied by trained facilitators and teaching assistants.
MORE ABOUT THE FACILITATOR
Khairi Johari, also known as Pak JoFe, is an IT professional, a writer and an intrepid researcher and collector of Malay Cultural Relics and Artefacts.
A graduate in Mass Communications from Oklahoma City University. He also holds various other Diploma certifications in the fields of Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Studies and Business Management respectively.
An IT Consultant by profession for 15 years, Khairi Johari has been an avid keris (a Malay or Indonesian dagger) collector for 20 years. Collecting since 1997, Khairi Johari has invested and dedicated a great deal of his time and resource in the study and acquisition of the various plethora of traditional keris from the Malay Archipelago.
Khairi Johari has also been involved with various cultural related activities with grassroots and organisations such as Majlis Pusat, Malay Heritage Centre, Malay Art Gallery, Hwi Yoh CC Malay Arts Executive Council and more since 2003.He has been featured several times in local news (Berita Harian, Berita Minggu and ChannelNewsAsia) since 2005.
Khairi Johari maintains a dedicated page for this niche interest. Visit his Facebook page and website for more information on keris, keris collecting, private classes and other culture related activities.