Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian, Jaya, Indonesia

Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian, Jaya, Indonesia

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The Bird's Head Peninsula of Irian Jaya has long been an area neglected by New Guinea Studies. Only in the late seventies, interest began to focus more intensively on this scientifically important border area between Austronesian and Papuan languages and cultures. In the early nineties, this led to the creation in The Netherlands of the Irian Jaya Studies programme ISIR, which organizes and coordinates multi-disciplinary research on the Bird's Head Peninsula. Within this framework, study of the peninsula has reached a peak, with research being conducted in the area by scientists from different disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, (ethno)botany, demography, development administration, geology and linguistics. These perspectives were presented during the First International Conference Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, Indonesia, organized by ISIR in cooperation with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences LIPI (Jakarta) and the International Institute for Asian Studies IIAS (Leiden) and held at Leiden University, 13-17 October 1997. Researchers were informed on current perspectives in many disciplines to facilitate integration of findings into wider, interdisciplinary frameworks and to stimulate international debate within and between disciplines. As a result of the Conference, the forty-two contributions in these Proceedings present a wealth of recent developments from various disciplines in New Guinea Studies.So, if indeed trickster stories were disliked in the lacustrine part in the 1950s, evidently that did not last long and probably they ... of (long-term?) cheating relationships in social life correlates at least with the popularity of pure trickster stories, anbsp;...

Title:Perspectives on the Bird's Head of Irian, Jaya, Indonesia
Author:Jelle Miedema
Publisher:Rodopi - 1998-01-01


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