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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...

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 PutraSeated in his hut and seeing his community harvest their rice, R. Kondo Lada’ said that the area was the Ambalong’s rice barn. A few decades ago, before Sae was opened for rice paddies, the community had to buy or ask for rice from their families in Seko Padang. “At that time our paddies were not enough to produce rice for the entire community. Since we opened up the land again – Sae and the surroundings...

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...