May 26, 2000
Dear Fellows & Members:
There are several important issues we wish to draw your attention.
First, the new telephone number, fax no. and e-mail address at the
top of the page. Second, this newsletter will cover the following
- BRB Vol. 30, 1999, and Vol 31, 2000
- Invoicing for 2000 Fees
- Methods of Payment of Fees and Publication Orders
- Contributions; New Publications in Process
- New Publications This Past Year
- Gifts to Contributors
- Inventory of Publications
- Lack of Orders and the Problem of Turning the Extensive Inventory
of Publications Into Cash
- Death Notices
- 6th Biennial Conference of the BRC
- Symposium at 2000 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological
- Lost Members
Borneo Research Bulletin - Volume 30, 1999 and
Volume 31, 2000
The Borneo Research Bulletin, Volume 30 (1999) is now being mailed
out. Clifford Sather, the overworked editor of the BRB, and Philip
Thomas, the overworked preparator of the manuscript, hope to get
a second volume of the BRB, Volume 31 (2000), out this year. This
will then bring the BRB up-to date.
Invoice for Fees
It is time now to invoice for Fellowship/Membership fees in the
Council for 2000 as per the enclosed.
Some have already paid for 2000, and this should be noted in the
enclosed invoice stamped "PAID". If there is any error
in this, please let us know.
Let me again draw your attention to the 10% discount on all BRC
publications available to Fellows of the Council.
In this regard, we have enclosed a list of BRC publications and
an order form.
Methods of Payment of Fees and Publication Orders
Let me again state that arrangements have been made for payments
to be made by Visa, Mastercard, currency, or check. Only currency
in Malaysian ringgit, British pounds, or U.S.A. dollars are acceptable.
Money orders in U.S.A. dollars are also acceptable.
Checks drawn on U.S.A. accounts should be made payable to the
Borneo Research Council.
Checks drawn on British or Malaysian accounts should be made payable
to George N. Appell. (These will then be transferred to the BRC
account in the U.S.A. via G. N. Appell's accounts in those countries.)
As a result of the wonderful response to our appeal for contributions,
the financial status of the BRC is in decent shape for this year.
Please see the enclosed accounting. There is currently available
$7,110.15. This will see us through two to three new publications.
New Publications in Process
The financial status is good news as we have a large backlog of
publications that will appear this year. These are:
Eva Maria Kershaw: A Study of Brunei Dusun Religion: Ethnic Priesthood
on a Frontier of Islam. To appear in 2000.
Roger Kershaw: Historiography as Battleground: Interpreting the
Foundations and Forms of Modern Brunei. (In preparation for 2000
W. D. Wilder (ed.): Journeys of the Soul: Anthropological Studies
of Death, Burial, and Reburial Practices in Borneo. (In preparation
for 2000 publication.)
V. T. King and A. V. M. Horton (eds.) Borneo Diaries of I.H. N.
Evans. (In preparation for 2000 publication).
Peter Martin (ed.): Language Issues in Borneo: Selected Papers
from the Third Biennial Conference of the Borneo Research Council,
Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, July 1994. (Not yet received.)
James Collins and Peter Sercombe (eds.): Selected Papers from
the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Borneo Research Council, Bandar
Seri Begawan, Brunei, June 10-15, 1996. (Not yet received.)
Jayl Langub and Clifford Sather (eds.): Borneo Epics and Oral
Tradition. (Not yet received.)
Foong Kin: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Malaria Control: A
Study Among the Murut of Sabah, Malaysia. (To appear in 2000.)
New Publications This Past Year
Monograph No. 3 Traditional Medicine Among the Ngaju Dayak of
Central Kalimantan: The 1935 Writings of a Former Ngaju Dayak Priest,
A.H. Klokke, Editor. 1999. Price $25.00.
Proceedings No. 6 Rural Development and Social Science Research:
Cases from Borneo, Papers from the Fourth Biennial International
Conference, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Victor T. King,
Editor. 1999. Price $35.00.
Proceedings No. 7 Environment and Conservation in Borneo: Including
Papers from the Fourth Biennial International Conference of the
Borneo Research Council held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, June
10-15, 1996. Peter Eaton, Editor. 1999. Price $25.00.
Gifts to Contributors
In order to express the appreciation of the BRC to all those who
have made contributions to the Council, we have been sending out
the following gifts:
$50-$75 contribution: Complete Index to the Borneo Research Bulletin
in various formats on 3½" Diskette;
$76-$100 contribution: Complete set of Proceedings;
$101-$200 contribution: Complete set of in stock Monographs;
Over $200 contribution: Complete set of both Proceedings and in
Inventory of Publications
We have an extensive inventory of all publications except the
monograph, The Seen and Unseen.
We receive orders for this monograph but cannot fill them. Does
anyone know if there is an inventory of this monograph somewhere
in Brunei, Sabah, Sarawak, or Kalimantan Barat? Is it worth reprinting
Lack of Orders: How Do We Turn This Extensive Inventory Into Needed
One of our major problems is that we do not get many orders for
our publications. Can anyone with experience in this problem suggest
remedies? We have thought of advertising, but this is expensive,
takes time to prepare advertisements, and time is not what we have.
If we could turn this extensive inventory of BRBs and proceedings
into cash, we could extend our publishing program.
Help on this problem is badly needed!
Julie Merrigan-Dyer has made arrangements with Amazon.com to carry
our Proceeding Series and our Monograph series. This has produced
a few orders, but not enough to make a significant dent in our inventory.
It is with great sadness I have to report the death of my close
friend and colleague, Dr. Peter R. Goethals, on May 8, 2000. He
did anthropological and linguistic fieldwork in Sumbawa and Sabah,
and applied research in Trengganu and Java. He was one of my closest
friends since undergraduate days in 1946 at Harvard. He was a lovely
man, considerate, with empathy for others, and a well honed sense
of right and wrong, justice and injustice. He will be sorely missed
by his friends and colleagues.
6th Biennial International Conference of the BRC: Kuching, Sarawak,
10-14th July, 2000
We all owe a large debt of gratitude to Dr. Michael Leigh for
his energetic and extensive efforts to develop an organization of
the conference that is inspired, for securing hotel facilities and
meals at a reduced rate, for arranging the various evening dinners
and activities, and for the organization of the papers and publications.
He has done a tremendous job in putting together an incredible conference
that promises to be one of the most successful.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend.
Symposium at the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological
Association, 15-19 November, 2000, San Francisco
Clare Boulanger has organized and submitted for approval to the
American Anthropological Association a symposium entitled: "Fertility,
Forest Fires, and a Phonebook: What everyone Should Know about Borneo
Contributors: Endowment Fund
Mr. Allen R. Maxwell, Mr. John D. Pearson, Mr. Patrick Cassels,
Dr. W. D. Wilder, Dr. Clare Boulanger, Dr. Anne Schiller, Dr. Phillip
Thomas, Dr. Leigh Wright, Dr. Donald Brown, Dr. Reed Wadley, Dr.
Michael R. Dove, Mrs. Laura P. Appell Warren, Dr. Robert Winzeler,
Dr. & Mrs. Otto Steinmayer, Mr. Ralph Arbus, and Dr. Carol J.
Contributors: General Fund
Mr. A. V. M. Horton, Ms. Ann Appleton, Ms. Judith Heimann, Dr.
Martin Baier, Professor Kazunori Oshima, Dr. Robert Cramb, Professor
H. Arlo Nimmo, Dr. W. D. Wilder, Dr. Clare Boulanger, Mr. I. M.
Scott, Dr. Phillip Thomas, Ms. E. Kim Adams, Dr. Rodney Needham,
Dr. Donald Brown, Professor Robert Reece, Dr. Jack Stuster, Dr.
Gale Dixon, Dr. Christine Helliwell, Dr. Michael R. Dove, Mrs. Laura
P. Appell Warren, Mr. A. J. Bacon, Dr. Robert Winzeler, Dr. Michael
B. Leigh, Professor Virginia Hooker, Dr. Carlton Niemitz, Dr. Graham
Saunders, Dr. & Mrs. Allen Drake, Dr. & Mrs. Otto Steinmayer,
Mr. A. J. N. Richards, Ms. V. K. Gorlinski, Ms. Vicki Pearson-Rounds,
Mr. Stuart T. Lyman, Dr. Jay B. Crain, Dr. Peter Metcalf, Mr. Ralph
Arbus, Dr. Otto Doering, Dr. Carol J.P. Colfer, Dr. Clive W. Marsh,
Mr. Jim Welsh, and Antiquarian Booksellers Gemling.
I want to express the thanks of all fellows and members of the
BRC to Julie Merrigan-Dyer, who handles all the financial affairs
and oversees the mailing out of orders for publications.
I also want to express the thanks of all the fellows and members
of the BRC to Mrs. Joan N. Bubier for all the effort she puts in
to editing and preparing publication manuscripts for publication.
The following members of the Council are still "lost".
If anyone has addresses for any of them, please let me know!
Dr. Robert Allen, Ms. Susan Amy, Awang Hj. Jokeple Hj. Md. Arshad,
Ir. Amin Aziz, Mr. E. J. H. Berwick, Ms. G. Chandler, The Rev. William
W. Conley, Mr. J. H. De Beer, Mr. David J. Ferguson, Dr. R. R. Goforth,
Mr. Joe Jascewsky, Mr. Henry Chan Khuang, Mr. Rilus A. Kinseng,
Ms. Ursula Koch, Mr. Jonathan H. Kress, Dr. Chee Kheung Lam, Mr.
K. M. Leong, Mr. Richard C. Mayberry, Mr. Frank McKeown, Mr. David
Miller, Dr. Tim Moore, Mr. Eric Oey, Mr. Katsumi Okuno, Masahiro
Otsuka, and Dr. Ikin Sabrani.
I have enclosed a list of Fellows and Members and their addresses
in response to those who have requested it.
Please let me know of any errors that appear in this letter.
George N. Appell, Ph.D.