August 1, 2002
Dear Fellows and Members:
I write this report before we leave for the BRC
Conference in Kota Kinabalu. And I suspect you will not receive
it until the conference is concluded.
I feel uncomfortable in announcing what is really
a necessary step to improve the Council's financial position.
Our publication program has been operating at
a loss for several years. Sales even of the BRC's limited publication
runs of 400 to 500 copies just does not result in the Council recovering
the full publication cost. Consequently, each year, even though
we have had wonderful gifts to the general administration fund and
to the endowment fund, the Council's operating statement runs in
the red to several thousand U.S. dollars.
In consultation with the executive committee it
was decided to raise the fees for Fellows and Members by US$5.00
All other countries
The Borneo Research Bulletin:
We are making every effort we can to get the BRB
published on schedule. We are in the process of mailing the issue
for 2001. And with luck we might get the 2002 out before the end
of the year.
Preparing the BRB takes an incredible amount of
work. Dr. Clifford Sather puts in days and weeks without any remuneration
in the preparation of each issue. And Dr. Phillip Thomas also puts
in incredibly long hours in copy editing, formatting, and preparing
the issue for the printers.
They are both to be given our deepest thanks!
It is expected that by the end of September the
Council will be publishing the long awaited monograph:
I. H. N. Evans Bornean Diaries 1938-1942, A. V.
M. Horton, Editor. Borneo Research Council Monograph No. 6. Tentative
Dr. Horton has done a superb job in preparing
these diaries for publication, in annotating them, and providing
critical commentary and additional information about them. It is
really a fine work.
This volume runs to close to 700 pages, and the
audience for this volume is not very large. Consequently, we had
to put a higher than usual price on it.
Another long awaited publication that will be
appearing we hope before the end of the year is:
Journeys of the Soul: Anthropological Studies
of Death, Burial and Reburial Practices in Borneo, W. D. Wilder,
Editor. Borneo Research Council Monograph No. 7.
Dr. Wilder has spent long months over this publication.
I for one have been very tardy in finishing up our contribution
on the death rituals of the Rungus, and this has held it up. With
Dr. Wilder's excellent editing this volume will be an important
contribution to the ethnography of Borneo and a major contribution
to the theory of death ceremonies.
Dr. Hans Klokke is working on the translation
of several Ngaju texts on fishing techniques and headhunting. As
these progress we will see if they would fit in the Council's Occasional
Papers Series or in the Monograph Series.
Publications of the Tun Jugah Foundation in Cooperation
with the Borneo Research Council
There have been three recent publications of the
Tun Jugah Foundation in cooperation with the Borneo Research Council.
First, there is The Encyclopedia of Iban Studies
created and edited by Vinson and Joanne Sutlive. This stunning four
volume work is frankly breath-taking for those of us who have followed
Bornean ethnography over the years. It is an extremely valuable
and incomparable source for understanding Iban society. It is a
must requirement for the library of any Bornean scholar. What is
more interesting, I know of no other comparable encyclopedia of
any indigenous society anywhere in the world.
Copies may be purchased from:
The Tun Jugah Foundation
P. O. Box 734
93714 Kuching, Sarawak
telephone: 60 82 246517/ fax 60 82 411300
It sells for US$300.00 plus $25.00 shipping.
Then Clifford Sather has completed his beautiful
and moving translation of Seeds of Play, Words of Power: An Ethnographic
Study of Iban Shamanic Chants.
This text has taken years of hard work to bring
it to fruition. Sather's translation and analysis is without parallel
in Borneo studies. This volume demonstrates that the Iban have an
incredibly sophisticated level of aesthetic creation. Now that Sather
has made an important part of this creative and artistic oral literature
of the Iban available to the rest of the world, it demonstrates
that these works of art measure up as equivalent to the classic
texts in world-wide oral literature. It is hoped that the texts
of other Bornean groups will also be translated and made available
to be appreciated by the rest of the world.
The BRC office here has a few limited copies which
may be purchased for US$49.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
Datin Amar Margaret Linggi's Ties That Bind: Iban
Ikat Weaving is a revised and expanded version of an exhibition
catalogue published first in August, 1998. It is an overview of
Iban weaving and the use of natural dyes. In it, Datin Amar Margaret
Linggi presents a comprehensive description of weaving. Commencing
with the treatment of cotton thread with mordants, she traces the
intricate procedures and rituals of weavers who produce the world
famous and much sought after Iban ikat fabrics. It is a pictorial
delight from the unique perspective of an Iban weaver. The BRC will
also have a limited number of copies of this volume for US$17.50
plus $5.00 shipping.
These publications are a cut above anything that
has been published on Bornean societies. They create a new level
of scholarship and suggest what might be done for other societies
Mrs. Bubier who has worked for me for over 35
years, continues to prepare the BRC manuscripts for publication.
Ms. Elizabeth Goudreau became our bookkeeper early
last year. She has ordered many things that were in much disarray
because of the loss of two bookkeepers in rather rapid succession
due to circumstances that warranted that they should go their separate
Invoice for Fees
It is time now to invoice for Fellowship/Membership
fees in the Council for 2001 as per the enclosed.
Some have already paid for 2001, 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.
The Council could not maintain its publishing
program without the kind and generous financial contributions of
the many fellows and members. As you can see from the above, the
Council subsidizes all its publications, including the Bulletin.
None carry their own weight. We want to express our thanks to those
who have made contributions over the past year.
Contributors to Endowment Fund
Ms. E. Kim Adams, Mrs. Laura P. Appell-Warren,
Mr. Ralph Arbus, Dr. Donald Brown, Mr. Patrick K. Cassels, Dr. Michael
R. Dove, Dr. Christine Helliwell, Dr. Linda Kimball, Dr. Rodney
Needham, Professor H. Arlo Nimmo, Professor Robert Reece, Dr. Graham
Saunders, Dr. Reed Wadley, Dr. W. D. Wilder, Dr. Robert L. Winzeler.
Contributors to the General Fund
Ms. E. Kim Adams, Antiquarian Booksellers 'Gemilang',
Dr. and Mrs. G. N. Appell, Mrs. Laura P. Appell-Warren, Mr. Ralph
Arbus, Dr. Martin Baier, Dr. Clare Boulanger, Dr. Carol J. Pierce
Colfer, Professor Ian Douglas, Dr. Michael R. Dove, Dr. and Mrs.
Allen Drake, Dr. Christine Helliwell, Fru Ida Nicolaisen, Ms. Vicki
Pearson-Rounds, Dr. Robert Pringle, Dr. Anne Schiller, Professor
F. Andrew Smith, Dr. Jack Stuster, Dr. W. D. Wilder, Dr. Robert
L. Winzeler, Dr. Leigh Wright.
Visitors to the BRC Office
It is always with great pleasure to have visitors
to the BRC office. This past year visitors have included: Dr. Anton
Ploeg from the Netherlands; Professor Robert Reece from Australia;
Dr. Professor Paul B. Roscoe, a New Guinea specialist; Dr. Cristina
Eghenter from Kalimantan; Mrs. Ira Singarimbun (widow of Dr. Masri
Singarimbun) from Indonesia and their daughter Nima Sinaga from
New York City.
George N. Appell, Ph.D.