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History, Culture, and Tourism in West Sumatra
Indonesian Dance with Bapak Waleed
Bapak Waleed returned to the Yale campus in February 2009, to visit the students and lead several programs and workshops. The Yale Southeast Asia Studies Council hosted Bapak while he was here on campus, and presented some events for the Yale community at the Yale International Center.
Entitled "Indonesia and the Islands of Fire," these events brought together members of the community to celebrate the diversities of Indonesian culture. Indonesia, with 17,528 islands, is the largest archipelago in the world, home to 240 million people of over 300 different ethnicities, speaking more than 700 languages. While not all of those could be showcased at once, the evening highlighted some cultures of the main islands of Bali, Sumatra, and Java. Sumatra is the largest island, Bali a popular tourist destination, and Java is the home of the political capital as well as the largest ethinc group, the Javanese.
Indonesian tea and sweets were served, and several artistic and cultural items were put on display. Bapak gave a presentation to the audience with pictures and video from the Pekan Budaya cultural festival held earlier in 2008 in Padang, West Sumatra. He then went on to discuss the opportunities for academic collaboration and exchange that are available with various Indonesian universities, and opened the floor to a question and answer session.
During the final session, to be held on Monday, February 9, Bapak Waleed will lead the participants in some of the dance movements already showcased through the video presentations. Newcomers are always welcome.
ISFA@Yale is very grateful for the support of the Yale Southeast Asia Studies Council and the Chair, Council on Southeast Asia Studies, J. Joseph Errington, Professor of Anthropolgy, as well as to Indriyo Sukmono (SEAS Lector) and Ketut Arthana (Dharma Swara, Indonesian Consulate) for their contributions of cultural items from Java, Bali, and elsewhere around Indonesia.
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