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

Proceedings of the Conference, Leiden, 13-17 October 1997

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. The diverse perspectives of these disciplines are subject to constant internal debate. Through ISIR and other research initiatives, there is a growing body of data on and insights into the various disciplines concerned with this fascinating area, with each discipline developing its own specific perspectives on the Bird's Head. 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 ILAS (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.

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”The book is an example for other interdisciplinary research in Irian Jaya and New Guinea” in: IIAS Newsletter, No. 18, February 1999
Table of contents
Preface SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, NATURAL SCIENCES A.J. STRATHERN: Comparisons past and present: pathways and projections for Irian Studies A. SOEGIARTO: Strengthening partnership through cooperative research ANTHROPOLOGY, DEMOGRAPHY, ETHNOHISTORY: FROM INLAND TO COAST E.K.M. MASINAMBOW: Anthropological fieldwork and international cooperation I. COURTENS: ‘As one woman to the other’. Female ritual healers in Northwest Ayfat L. THOONEN: ‘We have accepted the father first’. The arrival of the Catholic Church in Northwest Ayfat J. TIMMER: Lost power, concealed knowledge, and the return of the Kingdom among the Imyan of the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya H. LAUTENBACH: Demographic survey research: data gathering (problems) on the subject of fertility in the Bird's Head Peninsula of Irian Jaya D. VAN OOSTERHOUT: Fertility and the mediating body in Inanwatan, south coastal Bird's Head of Irian Jaya J. POUWER: The enigma of the unfinished male: an entry to East Bird's Head mytho-logics, Irian Jaya J. MIEDEMA: Culture hero stories and tales of tricksters. The Bird's Head Peninsula of Irian Jaya in a comparative perspective (II) P. HAENEN: History, exchange, and myth in the southeastern Bird's Head of Irian Jaya BIRD'S HEAD ANTHROPOLOGY AND RELATED AREAS: INLAND, COAST, AND BEYOND J. LIEP: Connubia in the making: a comparative view on the kain timur complex P.J. STEWART: Ritual trackways and sacred paths of fertility V. HEESCHEN: New Guinea myths and fairy tales seen from the Irian Jaya mountains P.J. STEWART & A.J. STRATHERN: Pathways of power, rumors of fear: the imagination of space in montane New Guinea D. MEARNS: Urban social forms in Eastern Indonesia: multiple logics and lived experience C.J. HEALEY: Political economy in the Kepala Burung region of Old Western New Guinea S. WIRAWAN SARWONO: The Amungme and the Kamoro in Mimikma Timur: a psychological analysis R. RUSMAN: Youth, education and employment in Irian Jaya HISTORY F. HUIZINGA: Relations between Tidore and the north coast of New Guinea in the nineteenth century T. GOODMAN: The sosolot exchange network in Eastern Indonesia during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries J.A. OVERWEEL: ‘A systematic activity’. Military exploration in Western New Guinea, 1907-1915 P.J. DROOGLEVER: Documents on the contest for Western New Guinea/Irian Barat, 1945-1963 A.K. OGLOBLIN: Commemorating N.N. Miklukho-Maclay LINGUISTICS: BIRD'S HEAD, AND BEYOND W.A. FOLEY: Toward understanding Papuan languages C. BERRY: The art of the storyteller in Abun society P. DOL: Form and function of demonstratives in Maybrat G. GRAVELLE: Syntactic constructions and the Meyah lexicon C. ODÉ: The bird said 'I am here': a prosodic study of the waimon story in Mpur G.P. REESINK: The Bird's Head as Sprachbund L. DE VRIES: Some remarks on the linguistic position of the Inanwatan language A. PAWLEY: The Trans New Guinea Phylum hypothesis: a reassessment M. VAN STADEN: Where does Malay end and Tidore begin? GEOLOGY, BOTANY, ARCHAEOLOGY N. RATMAN: Geology of the Bird's Head, Irian Jaya, Indonesia R.A.C. DAM: Cenozoic geological development and environmental settings of the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya T.R. CHARLTON: Yapen island: a right-lateral paradox in the left-lateral 'North New Guinea Megashear'. Implications for the biogeography and geological development of the Bird's Head, Irian Jaya M.J.S. SANDS, R.J. JOHNS, M.J.E. COODE & J. MARSDEN: Flora of the northeast Vogelkop K.P. APLIN: Vertebrate Zoogeography of the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, Indonesia J.M. PASVEER & K.P. APLIN: Late Pleistocene to modern vertebrate faunal succession and environmental change in lowland New Guinea: evidence from the Bird's Head of Irian Jaya, Indonesia M. SPRIGGS: The archaeology of the Bird's Head in its Pacific and Southeast Asian context T. SIMANJUNTAK: Review of the prehistory of Irian Jaya P. BELLWOOD: From Bird's Head to bird's eye view; long term structures and trends in Indo-Pacific prehistory
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