Art as Politics explores the intersection of art, identity politics, and tourism in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Based on long-term ethnographic research from the 1980s to the present, the book offers a nuanced portrayal of the Sa'dan Toraja, a predominantly Christian minority group in the world's most populous Muslim country. Celebrated in anthropological and tourism literatures for their spectacular traditional houses, sculpted effigies of the dead, and pageantry-filled funeral rituals, the Toraja have entered an era of accelerated engagement with the global economy marked by on-going struggles over identity, religion, and social relations. In her engaging account, Kathleen Adams chronicles how various Toraja individuals and groups have drawn upon artistically-embellished traditional objects - as well as monumental displays, museums, UNESCO ideas about word heritage, and the World Wide Web - to shore up or realign aspects of a cultural heritage perceived to be under threat.The festival, held in Rantepaoa#39;s Youth Meeting Hall, drew a standing-room-only crowd ranging in age from young teens to adults in their late forties. ... one marking the aFiftieth Anniversary of Independencea and the other proclaiming that aDeveloping and Preserving Toraja ... The charismatic local pastor then launched into an opening speech, which heralded the Toraja song competition as one of manyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Art As Politics|
|Author||:||Kathleen M. Adams|
|Publisher||:||University of Hawaii Press - 2006-01-01|