Volume 26 / Issue 4


Issue Cover

On the cover: A bride from the coast of West Sumatra wearing a crown of imitation gold, jewels, and flowers.
Photo by Peggy R. Sanday.

University Museum Research Projects – Fall 1984

Silver Reef, Utah—excavation and archival re­search Director, Dr. Robert Schuyler (American Histor­ical Archaeology Section, University Museum) Sponsor, University Museum As part of a long-term archaeological study (1981-1988) of the historic American West, The University Museum is carrying out fieldwork at the site of Silver Reef, a short-lived mining town in the southwestern corner of Utah. […]

Houses and House-Building In Donggo

By: Peter Just

Throughout the islands of Indonesia a house is more than a home. Traditionally, each of the scores of Indonesian ethnic groups had a distinctive architectural standard for every house built by a member of the group, which constituted an active expression of that group’s ethnic identity. The design of a house often had deep symbolic […]

Cloth and Custom in West Sumatra

The Codification of Minangkabau Worldview

By: Peggy R. Sanday and Suwati Kartiwa

One of the prominent Indonesian ethnic groups, the Minangkabau constitute 3% of the entire Indonesian population and one-quarter of the Sumatran population. The Minang­kabau pride themselves on their matrilineal social system, believing this to provide the core of their customary law and the basis for their social identity. Known also for their lit­erary flair, practicality, […]


A Contemporary Polynesian Society

By: Bill Donner

Sikaiana is located about 90 miles east of Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands (see Fig. 2). It consists of four separate islets sur­rounded by a coral reef about 6 miles across. Most people reside on the largest island, Hale, at the eastern end of the reef (Fig. 3). At present, Sikaiana has a resident […]