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
where there is little in the way of a formal record of the past. During
period he has accumulated over five years living in the areaoften
houses of local peopletaking part in the daily lives and community
many friends and acquaintances. He has traveled widely in these islands,
has conducted extended research in three separate sites on the islands
of Lembata and Adonara. He has also consulted archives in The Netherlands
Indonesia, and used the resources of many libraries. The research resulted
three books and many articles. Here he presents a collection of articles
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
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
University of Oxford, where he taught over thirty-four years. He is
now Emeritus Fellow of St. Antonys 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).