By R. Anderson Sutton
Calling again the Spirit describes how, within the face of Indonesian and overseas cultural pressures, the Makassarese humans of South Sulawesi are protecting their neighborhood spirit via track and dance. The publication examines the methods performers during this nook of Indonesia search to empower neighborhood tune and dance in a altering setting.
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Gourlay 1978; Clifford 1988; and a notable early example in an ethnomusicological monograph: Keil 1979). To a certain extent, the approach of this book can be understood as postmodern. It makes no claims at comprehensive coverage of its subject(s), argues against cultural essentialism, foregrounds difference, and might be seen to trade a commitment to depth for an emphasis on breadth and diversity. On the other hand, it strives for scholarly rigor, bringing evidence to bear in support of its arguments.
When Holland attempted to regain control of Indonesia in 1945, South Sulawesi became divided, with many fighting against the Dutch, but others moving to accommodate them in forming the Nation of Eastern Indonesia (Ind. 15 When the Dutch finally relinquished their claim on Indonesia (with the exception of what is now called Papua, formerly Irian Jaya and Irian Barat), the island of Sulawesi accepted its status as a province within the Republic of Indonesia. It remained one province through ten years of great turbulence fomented by the disgruntled former revolutionary hero Kahar Muzakkar (also spelled Qahhar Mudzakkar) who, unwilling to accept his being denied officer status in the new Indonesian army, was passed over by Javanese, who had the benefit of greater formal education.
Daerah) and national has, of course, been a defining issue in the very concept and formation of the Indonesian nation. Uniting a colony of diverse peoples to be rid of Dutch colonial oppression required a search for common heritage and identity (beyond merely a desire for freedom), a task correctly seen by the nation's founders and subsequent rulers as enormous, requiring radical measures. Music and dance have figured in the discourse, from patriotic "Indonesian" songs to national "Indonesian" dances.
Calling Back the Spirit: Music, Dance, and Cultural Politics in Lowland South Sulawesi by R. Anderson Sutton