By R. Anderson Sutton
Calling again the Spirit describes how, within the face of Indonesian and international cultural pressures, the Makassarese humans of South Sulawesi are protecting their neighborhood spirit via tune and dance. The publication examines the methods performers during this nook of Indonesia search to empower neighborhood track and dance in a altering atmosphere.
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THE WRITTEN RECORD Given the promise to attend to certain issues rather than attempt comprehensive coverage of music and related arts in lowland South Sulawesi, it might seem superfluous to offer what by now has become associated with more standard kinds of approaches, namely a review of scholarly literature pertaining to the arts of the area. Yet I believe this will serve a number of useful functions. 16 Calling Back the Spirit Although few of the works to be discussed are well known to ethnomusicologists or even Indonesia specialists, a body of literature does indeed exist and forms an important component in the discourse that is shaping these arts.
Accompanying ethnographic atlases include meticulous line drawings of, among other artifacts, some musical instruments and dance properties (see Schroder and Eilers 1885; see also the catalogs of Juynboll 1922, 1925). Collections of kelong verses in Makassarese script were published locally, such as the substantial volume by Li Eng Tae and Ance' Nanggong (1883). , Bobin, Sidik, and Sudarisman 1980; Herwani 1991; Manyambeang et al. 1984; Mardanas, Abu, and Maria 1985; Yasil et al. 1986; Yusuf et al.
Though ethnic rivalries persist, they have not resulted in the kinds of deadly conflicts springing up elsewhere in Indonesia in the late 1990s, other than one anti-Chinese rampage in late 1997. Islamic lowlanders and Introduction 27 Torajan highlanders have not burned each other's churches or mosques. While Torajans may justifiably point to cagy Bugis entrepreneurs making large profits on Bugis-owned hotels in Toraja, or Makassarese may complain about prices they must pay Chinese merchants in Makassar, more disgruntlement has been aimed at the national government, widely seen to be taking much in resources and returning proportionately little in development funds, or to be imposing in local affairs by strategically placing government yes-men in key administrative positions (though this has diminished considerably since the early days of the New Order).
Calling Back the Spirit: Music, Dance, and Cultural Politics in Lowland South Sulawesi by R. Anderson Sutton