Several brief snapshots focusing upon incidents recorded by the author, Glenn Reeves, during a period of extended residence on the island of Siberut during the early 1990s and a brief period in the latter half of 2000, which also included a visit to Sipora.
They are intended to give the reader a feel for the texture of daily life as well as providing insight into some of the areas and issues of concern to the local people. This is also the stated intent of the articles that you can read over in Ethnographic Fieldwork.
However the textual strategy applied in this Journal section represents a different means to the same end—an attempt to draw closer to the humanity of the local people than was perhaps achieved in fieldwork thesis articles. Note that names have been changed to preserve anonymity as much as possible.
- Padang to Katiet, Sipora: HTs is not firing, but that’s not the point
- The Village Head
- The Foreign Tourist, the Harassed Guide, the Difficult Hosts, a Sikerei in Search of Some Shavings, and a Church Service
- The Death of Taptapmanai
- From Single to Couple and Somewhere in Between
- Borongan: Wells, a Wharf, Chainsaws, a Mosque, Roads and … Money
- Sigobai and Akbar Get Out and About
- A Family Planning Meeting: State Power and Qualified Local Resistance
- Two Parents and Several Children
- Barnabus and the Evangelists