By Kathleen M. Adams
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47 The statue’s disrepair suggested that it predated tourism, and I made a mental note to find out about the impetus for its construction. Finally, just past the statue, we lurched to a stop, kitty-corner from the central market. Through my window I could see a cluster of younger men wearing denim jeans and T-shirts. They were loitering at the entrance to the marketplace, hoisting their plaid sarongs (BI; long rectangles of cloth sewn in a tube and worn by many rural Indonesians) up over their shoulders to keep off the early evening chill.
This book is concerned with images. In particular, it is concerned with images of identity in both the figurative and material sense. In the chapters that follow, I explore the ways in which artistically embellished objects are entwined with identity politics, highlighting, in particular, the role of art in negotiating unequal relations between individuals and groups, between insiders and outsiders. Traditionally, researchers concerned with material culture and identity have tended to approach art as a mirror of the social relationships in the creator culture, rather than recognizing that people actively use art to articulate or reframe such relationships.
Her husband added that they were also notably ostentatious in their rituals, something that might be of interest to an anthropologist. Others told me that people in the Sesean hills 64 were downto-earth and relatively egalitarian when compared to valley folk. Torajas in 30 : chapter 1 the southern Sangalla’ and Makale regions 65 were reputed to be the most status-conscious or “feudal,” with Kesu’-area Torajas running a close second. My Rantepao acquaintances also stressed, with what seemed to be a mixture of admiration and suspicion, that Kesu’ people were avid “orang politikus” (BI; politicians).