August 9, 2004
Dear Fellows and Members:
It is time again to renew your membership in the BRC.
We would like to update the BRC membership database. We have enclosed
a form along with your invoice to use in correcting your mailing
address. In this we are also requesting e-mail addresses and permission
to send occasional notices via e-mail to those who wish to participate.
As there have been new publications during the year, we have included
a list of publications with an order form.
Contents of this Letter
- Publication Discounts and Special Sales of Sets
- New Monographs
- New Format for Monographs
- New Books for Sale
- Borneo Research Council Medal Awarded to Dr. Bernard Sellato
- Announcement About the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological
Research and Its Archive
- Announcement on the Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent
- Revised Website: borneoresearchcouncil.org
- International Board of Editors: Request for Volunteers
- New Office Manager
- Request for New Manuscripts to Prepare for Publication
- Present Volunteers
- Editor of the Bulletin, Dr. Clifford Sather
- Preparation of the Bulletin for Publication
- Book Review Editor and Current Bibliographer, Dr. A.V.M. Horton
- Additional Volunteers Needed
- Reviews of Research and Literature in Various Disciplines: Ideas
- Authors of Articles in the Bulletin Who are Not Members
- Biennial Conferences
- New Members and Fellows
- John Landgraf
- Contributors to the Endowment Fund
- Contributors to the General Fund
- Visitors to the BRC Office
- The Passages of Life: New Blood Needed
1. Publication Discounts and Special Sales of Sets
The discount to Fellows for the purchase of publications of the
BRC has been raised to 25%. Members shall receive a 10% discount.
We have put aside a number of complete sets of the Proceedings
to sell for $45 per set.
We also have for sale sets of all Borneo Research Bulletins for
$35.00. Unfortunately, these sets do not include the following numbers:
Volumes 1(2), 4(1), 6(2), 7(1), and 23.
2. New Monographs
The BRC has recently published two new volumes in its Monograph
Journeys of the Soul: Anthropological Studies of Death, Burial,
and Reburial Practices in Borneo, William D. Wilder, Editor. BRC
Monograph No. 7. 2003. Price $45.00. ISBN #1-929900-04-X.
Fishing, Hunting and Headhunting in the Former Culture of the Ngaju
Dayak in Central Kalimantan: Notes from the manuscripts of the Ngaju
Dayak authors Numan Kunum and Ison Birim from the legacy of Dr.
H. Schaerer with a recent additional chapter on hunting by Katuah
Mia, A. H. Klokke, Editor and Translator. 2004. BRC Monograph No.
8. Soft cover. 2004. Price $39.00. ISBN #1-929900-05-8.
3. New Format for Monographs
We have discontinued the hard cover format for the monographs
since the cost for it is an extra US$1,500 per monograph. From the
current monograph No. 8 on they will be in a soft cover.
4. New Books for Sale
We also have for sale:
Reflections from Yogya: Portraits of Indonesian Social Life by
Masri Singarimbun, edited by Irawati Singarimbun. Yogyakarta: Galang
Press. Soft cover. Price $10.00. ISBN 979-9341-73-6.
Acting Authoritatively: How Authority is Expressed through Social
Action among the Bentian of Indonesian Borneo, Kenneth Sillander.
2004. SSKH Skrifter 17. Swedish School of Social Science, University
of Helsinki. Soft cover. Price $30.00. ISBN 952-10-0362-0.
We want to thank Dr. Sillander for contributing a set of these
books for sale.
5. Borneo Research Council Medal Awarded to Dr. Bernard Sellato
The 7th Borneo Research Council Medal for excellence in the pursuit
of knowledge in the social, medical, or biological sciences was
awarded to Dr. Bernard Sellato. Dr. Sellato has been extraordinarily
productive in contributing to the field of Borneo studies both as
a scholar and an administrator. He was a member of the Board of
Directors of the Borneo Research Council from 1985 to 1997 and Director
of the Indonesia Office of the BRC in Jakarta from 1991-1996. During
this time he was responsible for administering Ford Foundation grants
to the Council, which enabled more than three dozen Indonesian scholars
to attend the BRC Biennial Meetings in Sabah (1992), Pontianak (1994),
and Brunei (1996). From 1999 to 2003, he was Director of the Institute
for Research on Southeast Asia (IRSEA), University of Provence,
having served in other administrative positions earlier. Currently
he is a member of CNRS, the French National Science Research Center,
and the founding editor of the Southeast Asian studies journal,
In the realm of Borneo scholarship Dr. Sellato is the author of
four volumes and editor of six other works. These books cover a
wealth of topics, ranging from art and material culture, through
kinship and social organization, to ecology and ethnohistory. He
is the undisputed authority on the smaller Dayak groups of the central
Borneo interior, including not only the Aoheng and other swidden
agricultural peoples, but also, notably, a variety of rainforest
6. Announcement About the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological
Research and Its Archive
The activities of the Firebird Foundation for Anthropological
Research might be of interest to Borneo scholars.
The Firebird Foundation has the capacity for digitizing photographs
and slides from field work and digitizing tape recordings to preserve
them on CD disks. It also has the capacity for archiving these materials
as well as other field research materials.
One of the goals of the foundation is to be of service to all
scholars and researchers. Inquiries are welcome about the facilities
for digitizing data and archiving them as well as inquiries about
the currently archived photographs and tape recordings:
P.O. Box A
Phillips, ME 04966
The Firebird Foundation was founded in 2000 to serve as an operating
foundation and not a grant giving foundation. It has been involved
in digitizing all the photographs and tape recordings in the George
and Laura Appell collection on the Bulusu' and the Rungus of Borneo
as well as their photographs of the Dogrib Indians of the Northwest
Territories of Canada. It will also hold all material culture collected
by the Appells.
It has archived all the field notes and data of the late Dr. Peter
R. Goethals. The Firebird has finished digitizing his photographs.
The foundation has had two research associates in the past year
and contributed to their research expenses:
Betony Jones, ethnobotanist, has been collecting and identifying
the various plants used by the Rungus of Sabah.
Dr. Mark Turin, a linguist, is doing research in the Himalayan
region. He is to look into the feasibility of establishing an oral
literature project in the region based on the model of the Sabah
Oral Literature Project.
7. Announcement on the Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent
The Anthropologists' Fund for Urgent Anthropological Research
was launched in 1993 to support basic ethnographic research on threatened
or disappearing cultures and languages of indigenous peoples. The
Fund is entirely supported by individual contributions. It is expected
that the research funded will make a fundamental contribution to
anthropological knowledge and will also serve, where appropriate,
as an aid to indigenous peoples in their struggles to control their
Grants for research are made in association with the Royal Anthropological
Institute. Further information may be found at:
8. Revised Website
We hired a local individual who has experience in designing websites
to update the BRC website:
The website now includes a list of Members and Fellows, all our
publications with table of contents of each, President's Reports,
announcements, history of the BRC, application for membership, information
on the BRC Medals and Biennial Conferences, list of Officers, etc.
9. International Board of Editors: Request for Volunteers
The executive committee of the BRC has concluded that the BRC's
publications would benefit from having an International Board of
Editors. It is hoped that members will be willing to give advice
to the editors of the Bulletin, the Proceedings series, the Monograph
series, and the series of Occasional Papers as well as bringing
important manuscripts to their attention. We would welcome hearing
from anyone willing to participate on this Board.
New Office Manager: The previous individual who handled all BRC
matters in terms of membership, mailings, filling orders, etc. has
left to start his own business. Alan Morse has taken over this work.
Alan has been with us for a number of years digitizing Borneo data.
Request for New Manuscripts to Prepare for Publication: Joan Bubier,
copy editor, does all the work in preparing monographs for publication.
Currently, we have no backlog of publications. Consequently, if
anyone is contemplating publishing a monograph or an occasional
paper in the BRC series, we would welcome hearing from them.
Present Volunteers: The BRC's ability to generate scholarly work
is because of the volunteer work of various Fellows and Members
of the Council. Vinson Sutlive continues to oversee and advise on
the work of the BRC and has been instrumental in maintaining the
Robert Winzeler, as I have mentioned previously, is devoting much
of his volunteer time to creating the list of dissertations on Borneo
and keeping it up to date.
Jacqueline Pugh Kitingan is now busy preparing the proceedings
from the 2002 BRC conference for publication in our proceedings
Editor of the Bulletin: Clifford Sather has devoted much of his
time to the editorship of the Borneo Research Bulletin. This is
a hard, time-consuming job, but which has its rewards in the response
of those who read the Bulletin and find this material useful in
their own research.
Preparation of the Bulletin for Publication: Phillip Thomas takes
the materials that Cliff provides for the Bulletin and prepares
them for publication. Again, this is a difficult job, and we are
very grateful to both Phil and Cliff for keeping the publication
of the Bulletin going and with such intellectual rigor.
Book Review Editor and Current Bibliographer: Dr. A. V. M. Horton
has kindly consented to become Book Review Editor and Current Bibliography
Compiler for the Borneo Research Bulletin. A Bibliography of recent
publications will appear in each issue of the Bulletin. Books for
review, reprints or other notices of recent publication would be
gratefully received by the editor. Please send these to:
Dr. A.V.M. Horton
180 Hither Green Lane
Worcestershire B98 9AZ
11. Additional Volunteers Needed
We need more volunteers to help in the running of the BRC! Let
me suggest certain jobs that need to get done in the hopes that
we can get some volunteers to undertake these:
1. General Editor of the Monographs, Proceedings, and/or Occasional
Papers: This job could be split between three persons. In each case
it would include soliciting and locating new manuscripts as well
as taking a first editorial reading and preparation of the manuscript.
2. Publication Distribution: Increased distribution of our publications
is badly needed. We need someone who might man tables at various
association meetings, as Vinson Sutlive did in the past. And part
of the job would be to find ways of getting a larger distribution
of our publications.
12. Reviews of Research and Literature in Various Disciplines: Ideas
We would like the Bulletin to carry reviews on the status of research
in various disciplines. These could include a review of botanical
research in Borneo, a review of studies of the history of Borneo,
reviews of medical research, and reviews of biological research
such as on birds, trees, fish, snakes, mammals, etc.
Can you let us know of scholars and scientists who would undertake
We need to get the Bulletin in a position to appeal to a wider
audience. We believe that these reviews will be useful in achieving
this. And we all need to know the results of research in other disciplines
that we cannot cover on our own.
The income and expense statement for the past two years is attached.
This does not include the costs of labor which have been donated.
We really need to increase contributions and develop new sources
The Endowment Fund has grown from $3,800.61 in 2002 to $4,253.28
in 2003. The return we are receiving from the investment of the
Endowment Fund is not outstanding. We have taken steps to invest
it in a mutual fund that has greater dividends than a money market
14. Authors of Articles in the Bulletin Who Are Not Members
The financial situation for the BRC would improve if those who
submit articles for the Bulletin would become Members or Fellows
of the BRC. This would help cover the costs of printing their articles.
There has been some discussion on how to handle this. We have considered
charging nonmembers a publication fee. But this was not met with
great enthusiasm by the executive committee.
The following policy was developed to handle the problem. All
authors who are not Members or Fellows will receive a Membership
or Fellowship for one year including the following year's Bulletin.
It is hoped by this they will be encouraged to continue their membership.
Any other thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.
15. Biennial Conferences
Vinson Sutlive has been working on finding a host for the next
biennial conference. He is currently working for a site in Sarawak.
16. New Members and Fellows
The Council has a policy of welcoming new Fellows and Members
by letter and sending them the last issue of the Bulletin to let
them know that they are logged in as Fellows or Members.
We have found in one case that a mailing arrived completely mangled
so that the addressee could not be read. Please let us know if you
have had difficulty with our mailings and give us suggestions on
how to improve this.
18. John Landgraf
A celebration for John's 90th birthday was held in New Haven by
his daughter. Congratulations!
19. Contributors to the Endowment Fund
Dr. Matthew Amster, Antiquarian Booksellers, Mrs. Laura P. Appell
Warren, Mr. Ralph Arbus, Dr. Clare Boulanger, Ms. Dorothy Chin,
Dr. Amity A. Doolittle, Dr. Michael R. Dove, Ms. V. K. Gorlinski,
Professor Virginia Matheson Hooker, Professor H. Arlo Nimmo, Dr.
Phillip Thomas, Dr. & Dr. Herbert L. Whittier, Dr. W. D. Wilder,
Mr. Herwig Zahorka.
20. Contributors to the General Fund
Ms. E. Kim Adams, Dr. Matthew Amster, Dr. G. N. Appell, Mrs. Laura
P. Appell Warren, Mr. Ralph Arbus, Dr. Martin Baier, Dr. Clare Boulanger,
Dr. Donald E. Brown, Mr. Chew Lun Chang, Dr. Jay Crain, Dr. Otto
Doering, Professor Ian Douglas, Dr. Richard Fidler, Ms. V. K. Gorlinski,
Ms. Judith Heimann, Professor Virginia Hooker, Dr. A. V. M. Horton,
Dr. Allen R. Maxwell, Dr. Rodney Needham, Dr. Graham Saunders, Dr.
Clifford Sather, Dr. Anne Schiller, Dr. Rolf Schlömer, Dr.
Bernard Sellato, Professor F. Andrew Smith, Dr. & Mrs. Otto
Steinmayer, Dr. Jack Stuster, Ms. Pushpa Thambipillai, Dr. Reed
Wadley, Mr. Jim Welsh, Dr. & Dr. Herbert L. Whittier, Mr. James
Wicks, Dr. W. D. Wilder, Dr. Robert L. Winzeler, Dr. Leigh Wright.
21. Visitors to BRC Office
During the past year we have had a number of visitors.
Four individuals from the Rungus community and members of the Sabah
Oral Literature Project spent almost five months here helping with
the collection of oral literature and the preparation of the Rungus
cultural dictionary. These were:
- Monobidong Sulimban: weaver and spirit medium
- Sovoli Mabok, husband of Monobidong, who constructed a number
of traps and made models of Rungus structures
- Majintin Sovoli, who has been tape recording stories, legends,
religious chants and hymns, and other oral literature of the Rungus,
Tobilung, Kimaragang, Sonsogon, etc.
- Hamzah Malajun, who has been managing the collection of oral
literature and doing trial translations.
In addition there was the following visitor:
Dr. Anton Ploeg of Nijmegen University, The Netherlands.
We encourage and welcome visitors at any time.
22. The Passages of Life: New Blood Needed
Many of us who have devoted our energies and time to make the
Borneo Research Council successful are no longer young. We need
new blood now. In the next few years it will be mandatory to keep
the BRC vital. We hope various individuals will step forward.
George N. Appell, Ph.D.