The Orang Suku Laut: An Oceanic Worldview

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January 25, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Ancient History, Asian History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Southeast Asian History / Studies

Did you know that an Orang Laut 'adopts' his boat spellbinding it with special supernatural powers? By doing so, they merge their own identity with the boat. 

Living afloat the oceans in Southeast Asia are various groups of sea nomads. One such group is the Orang Suku Laut. For centuries, the ocean and coastal areas have been their life and living spaces. Cynthia Chou will lead us on a journey with them to understand how they engage with the oceans.

The lecture will be held via Zoom at 7 pm Jakarta time.

This lecture is part of the Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) Evening Lectures Series.

Short Bio about the Speaker: Cynthia Chou is Professor of Anthropology, C. Maxwell and Elizabeth M. Stanley Family Chair of Asian Studies and Director of the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Iowa, U.S.A.



Contact Info: 

Virginie (Vice-Chair Communication) / Simran (Information Technology Co. Chair)