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Zahorka, Herwig, Die Erschliessungsfronten auf Borneo (Kalimantan) 1937 bis heute. Soziookonomische, ethnographische und okologische Veranderungsprozesse unter besonderer Berucksichtigung der Stammeskultur der Dayak.

Zahorka, Herwig, Die Erschliessungsfronten auf Borneo (Kalimantan) 1937 bis heute. Soziookonomische, ethnographische und okologische Veranderungsprozesse unter besonderer Berucksichtigung der Stammeskultur der Dayak, Libertas, Sindelfingen 2003, ISBN 3-921929-22-9, large format (A4), 69 pp., photographs and maps

Herwig Zahorka is a forester who lives in Bogor, Indonesia, and who has worked in Kalimantan as a consultant for the Indonesian government and GTZ (Gesellschaft far Technische Zusammenarbeit).

In honor of the 100th birthday of Dr. Habil. Karl Helbig, the author has written this book. Karl Helbig was a German geographer who went on an expedition through Indonesia. In Kalimantan he began the expedition at Pontianak on 2 April, 1937, and ended it at Banjarmasin on 25 November, 1937. Karl Helbig wrote several books about this journey, including Eine Durchquerung der Insel Borneo (Kalimantan): nach dem Tagebuchern aus d. Jahre 1937, Vol. I and II, Berlin 1982.

The author, Zahorka, who knows Kalimantan well, wrote this book with the purpose of comparing the natural and social environment nowadays with what it was at the time of Helbig's expedition. He also describes the impact of so-called modernization in Kalimantan. The first part of the book tells us about the circumstances of Helbig's expedition. The author takes note of some of the ethnographic details which Helbig noticed. The second part gives us some idea of the influence of modernization and state development since 1937, e.g., the impact of forest concessions and logging roads, and of transmigration, in which the Indonesian government has sent people from Java, Madura, and Bali to Kalimantan since 1970. In the last part the author writes about the practical operation of the system of decentralization, which the government has applied since 2001 in the regions of West, Central, and East Kalimantan.

This book should be of interest to the newcomer in offering a general view of Kalimantan.

Bibliography of the major writings of Karl Helbig:

Helbig, Karl

1937/38 Fahrt ins Dunkel. Eine Reise nach Borneo. In: Deutsche Wacht, Batavia, 147.

1938 Eindrucke und Beobachtungen auf einer Durchquerung Borneos. In: Zeitschrift fur Erdkunde, 8. Jahrgang, Heft 11/12: 265-292.

1939 Bericht fiber eine Reise zu den Dajak. In: Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie, Jahrgang 71, 389-417.

1940 Urwaldwildnis Borneo. Braunschweig.

1942 Einige Bemerkungen zum Weltbild der Ngadjoe-Dayak. In: Baessler Archiev, Bd. XXIV: 60-79.

1951 Glaube, Kult und Kultstatten der Indonesier in kulturgeographischer Betrachtung. In: Zeitschrift fur Ethnologie, Bd. 76, Heft 2: 246-287.

1955 Die Insel Borneo in Forschung und Schrifttum. In: Mitteilungen der Geographischen Gesellschaft in Hamburg, Bd.52, S. 105-395.

1982 Eine Durchquerung der Insel Borneo (Kalimantan). nach dem Tagebuchern aus d. Jahre 1937, Band I und II, Berlin.

W. Rutz and A. Sibeth, eds.

2004 Karl-Helbig. Leben und Werk im Ruckblick, forthcoming.

(Dr. Sri Kuhnt-Saptodewo, Southeast Asian Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)
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