Ethnic relations and cultural dynamics in East Kalimantan: the case of the Dayak lady. (Abstracts).
Gerke, Solvay. 1997, Ethnic relations and cultural dynamics in East Kalimantan: the case of the Dayak lady. Indonesia and the Malay World, no. 72, pp. 176-187.
The author describes her encounter with a Dayak lady, in every sense of the word, whom she met at the latter's warung near a transmigration trans·mi·gra·tion
Movement from one site to another, which may entail the crossing of some usually limiting membrane or barrier, as in diapedesis.
2. settlement in the Kutai District of East Kalimantan. She was a lady of Tunjung Dayak descent, who many years ago had married a Malay man from Kutai and had adopted Islam. She could vividly recall the lifestyle of the Tunjung Dayaks, a group settled in four villages in the middle Mahakam area, during her childhood some fifty years earlier. Her story is revealing of cultural differences between the Kutai Malays and the Dayaks. A process of assimilation has been going on for centuries but the way each group views this is very different. The Malays see it as an irreversible, one-way process, whereas the Dayaks see each group as being of equal status. Somewhat paradoxically, given the indubitable in·du·bi·ta·ble
Too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable.
in·dubi·ta·bly adv. Malay feelings of superiority, the longhouse longhouse
Traditional communal dwelling of the Iroquois Indians until the 19th century. The longhouse was a rectangular box built out of poles, with doors at each end and saplings stretched over the top to form the roof, the whole structure being covered with bark. and Dayak symbols have been adopted as symbols for the province. The author uses the Dayak lady's story in a somewhat unorthodox way to tr y to contextualize con·tex·tu·al·ize
tr.v. con·tex·tu·al·ized, con·tex·tu·al·iz·ing, con·tex·tu·al·iz·es
To place (a word or idea, for example) in a particular context. important events in it, in order to seek a meaning not only for them in themselves, but to transpose trans·pose
To transfer one tissue, organ, or part to the place of another. this to the wider socio-cultural complex of Kalimantan (Rosemary Robson-McKillop).