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Written By: Een Irawan Putra Why is this beautiful village concealed? It is a logical question arisen when one visits Seko. Our trip from Masamba started with a cruise along the Rongkong River with its crystal clear water yet, which cuts through the mountain. Besides the Rongkong, we also saw the Salulengko and the Kakea’. From above, we had a spectacular view of villages in a valley down there, with their yellow carpets of ripened rice paddies. Also seen was intact...

Written By: Een Irawan Putra That afternoon (Wednesday, May 24) Hairudin collected his motorcycle he brought to a workshop in the morning. He did not expect the repair cost to be that high, reaching IDR1.2 million. “The engine needed overhauling and some of its parts had to be replaced,” said he. He and two of his friends, Muhyuddin Ta’deka and Ikbal, are three Seko men who would take us to Seko. The meeting with Muhyuddin and Ikbal was an unforgettable one...

Written By: Een Irawan Putra During the During the DI/TII rebellion (one intending to turn the republic into an Islamic state), a war between the Kahar Muzakar’s troops and the Indonesian Army broke out in Sae – the Ambalong customary territory. All the rice paddies were abandoned as the community fled the area. After the war ended and DI/TII was disbanded, they returned in the late 1990s and opened up the land again as they ran out of rice. They had...

On the second day of the Fifth Indigenous Peoples Archipelago Congress (KMAN) Thursday (16/03), nine symposiums were held. The topics wereNext Generation of Indigenous Peoples’ Leadership; Indigenous Community’s Institutional Economics, Spirituality and Culture; Mitigation And Disaster Adaptation; Disability In Indigenous Community, the 2018 Simultaneous Local Election and the 2019 general election as well as the Life Plan for Customary Land. At the Kampung Duren Selemak Mabar and Secanggang Symposium venues, Nedine Helena Sulu, member of Barisan Pemuda Adat Nusantara (BPAN) (AMAN...