Council on Southeast Asia Studies Publications
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Cover Photo Sailing boat int the Solar Strait
(Photograph taken by Ruth Barnes, July 4, 1979)

Yale Southeast Asia Studies Monograph #63

For over forty years R.H. Barnes has explored what it is possible to know of
the history of the region of eastern Indonesia stretching from Flores to Alor,
where there is little in the way of a formal record of the past. During that
period he has accumulated over five years living in the area—often in the
houses of local people—taking part in the daily lives and community affairs of
many friends and acquaintances. He has traveled widely in these islands, and
has conducted extended research in three separate sites on the islands of Lembata and Adonara. He has also consulted archives in The Netherlands and
Indonesia, and used the resources of many libraries. The research resulted in
three books and many articles. Here he presents a collection of articles that
look at the past and representations of the past from a variety of perspectives.
Above all, they attempt to open up the past of what once were nearly
completely illiterate peoples. They contribute to a developing historiography of
eastern Indonesia, and exemplify a continuing rapprochement of the disciplines of history and social anthropology.

R.H. Barnes is retired from a Professorship in social anthropology at the
University of Oxford, where he taught over thirty-four years. He is now Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He is the author of Kédang: a study of the collective thought of an eastern Indonesian people (1974), Sea Hunters of Indonesia: Fishers and Weavers of Lamalera (1996) and, with Ursula Samely, A Dictionary of the Kedang Language: Kedang-Indonesian-English (2013).

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