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Cakalele refers to a kind of ceremonial war dance originating from North and Central Maluku. The dance is performed using a narrow, wooden shield, sometimes also referred as a salawaku, or by a local name, such as Tobelo o dadatoko.


The Salawaku may be part and parcel of the bridegroom's marriage gifts and are worn during the Cakalele (war dance) or the Hoyla (war dance during the marriage ceremony among the Tobelo). During the Cakalele, the Salawaku is carried in the left hand.


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