Sea Hunters of Indonesia: Fishers and Weavers of Lamalera

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byR. H. Barnes

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Sea Hunters of Indonesia is a comprehensive study of the coastal community of Lamalera, whose traditional ways of life make it unique. One is an unusual kind of sea-fishing: the hunting of whales, porpoises, and giant manta rays. The other is the production, by the women of the community, ofremarkable fine dyed textiles. Recently these traditions have come under intense pressure from external economic influences, and the people of Lamalera are starting to move into modern occupations. The community, famous for the beauty of its setting as well as for its crafts, is now a major tourist attraction, and it may nowsurvive only as part of the tourist industry. At this crucial point in the history of the region, R. H. Barnes offers a richly detailed and beautifully illustrated picture of the culture and economy of Lamalera, the fruit of many years' study. He records all aspects of life in Lamalera, and places it in the broader context of the past,present, and future of Indonesia as a whole.

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Sea Hunters of Indonesia is a comprehensive study of the coastal community of Lamalera, whose traditional ways of life make it unique. One is an unusual kind of sea-fishing: the hunting of whales, porpoises, and giant manta rays. The other is the production, by the women of the community, ofremarkable fine dyed textiles. Recently the...

R. H. Barnes has been University Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Oxford since 1978; he is a Fellow of St Antony's College. He was previously Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:490 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.26 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019828070X

ISBN - 13:9780198280705

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Village2. Disaster, Migration, Foundation, and History3. Descent Groups4. Marriage Alliance5. Life, Development, Spirits, Faults, and Retribution6. Death7. Cloth, Salt, and Markets8. Seasons, Winds, Tides, Currents, Celestial Objects, and Directions9. Fishing10. Boat-Owning Groups11. Large Boats12. Boat Construction Ceremonies13. Harpoons, Ropes, and Other Gear14. Open-Sea Fishing and Hunting15. Hunting Whales and Other Cetaceans16. Fishing Near Lobetobi and Pantar17. Early Whaling and Contacts with Timor18. Lamalera Past, Present, and FutureAppendices, Notes, References, Index

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`a wide-ranging meticulous and insightful ethnographic account of a hitherto little-known coastal population of the Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur ... This study provides an outstanding example of what good ethnography should be, and is a valuable addition to the many high-qualitystudies of eastern Indonesian societies ... For the specialist concerned with the societies and cultures of Indonesia and the wider Southeast Asian region, this book is essential reading. For the comparative study of particular forms of descent and marriage system it will be a vital reference. Itwill also be of value for those of us who have and interest in the details of specialised subsistence activities and technology among small-scale Asian and other communities.'Victor T King, Asian Affairs