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Besides in Gajah Mada University, (UGM), Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS), ‘Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita’ (‘If Not Us, Then Who?’), Mongabay Indonesia and the Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara/AMAN) held the movie premiere and discussion in Uwong Coffee, Yogyakarta, on 6-9 September 2017, featuring Sallombengan Seko, O’Hangana Manyana, Penjaga Hutan Bumi Jargaria and Dari Para Leluhur, four of the 16 documentaries screened.All the documentaries tell the stories of indigenous peoples, whose existence is not recognized...

Following a successful premiere of Sallombengan Seko in Palopo in August, INFIS again held a series of screening and discussions about the struggle of indigenous peoples for their rights. This time the Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita’s roadshow held a premiere and discussion in Yogyakarta. Four movies were screened in the Auditorium of the Faculty of Culture of Gadjah Mada University on Friday afternoon (8/9); they are Sallombengan Seko, Dari Para Leluhur, Penjaga Hutan Bumi Jargaria and Harapan.Made possible through the...

Written By: Een Irawan PutraIn early 1999 a young man from Seko Padang named Mahir Takaka and several friends from Yayasan Bumi Sawergading (YBS Palopo) were trying to support the indigenous Seko. They discussed how to increase the community’s understanding of the right to customary territories, provide legal protection and have the rights of the Seko recognized by the government. The fruit of the discussion was the participatory mapping of Seko’s customary territory and the initiative to create The Council...

Written By: Een Irawan PutraThe road connecting Hoyane Hamlet and Pokapaang Hamlet got muddy and slippery as the wet season was approaching, but a few months ago Hoyane women, along with their children, kitchen utensils and tents, travelled through the bad road to gather with others from Pohoneang, Malino, Harana’, Pasangkalua’ and Pokapaan to take a joint action. It took a 2-hour walk from Hoyane to get to Pokapaang.More than 400 women occupied Puriliang, one of PT Seko Power Prima’s...

Written By: Een Irawan PutraWhy 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 PutraThat 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 PutraDuring 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...

This year Siapa Lagi Kalau Bukan Kita (lit. If Not Us, Then Who) put on another public screening of six documentaries, followed by a discussion, on Friday (5/5) in the Hall of Law Faculty of Pattimura University, Ambon, starting from about 11.00 local time (GMT+9). The six documentaries are Penjaga Pulau Jagaria (the Guardians of Jagaria Island), Patani, Pulau Yang Terbebas Dari Kelapa Sawit (Oil Palm-Free Island), Semunying, Dari Para Leluhur (From the Ancestors), and O’Hangana Manyawa.The discussion that followed...