Volume 26 / Issue 4
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.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]