Art As Politics

Art As Politics

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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 a€œFiftieth Anniversary of Independencea€ and the other proclaiming that a€œDeveloping 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


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