Recent publications

A grammar of Moskona: an East Bird's Head language of West Papua, Indonesia

Gravelle, Gloria J. , 2010

Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, xv + 577 p.
Moskona is a language spoken in the eastern Bird’s Head peninsula of the island of New Guinea. Although contact with the outside world has been established for around fifty or sixty years, a comprehensive grammar of the language has not yet been done. Thus, this presentation is the first extensive grammatical description of the Moskona language. PDF thesis available on

West-Papua in Reiseberichten – Altertät und Forschunsreisen in den 1950er und 1960er Jahren

Herrmann, Sindy, 2010

ISBN 978-3-940132-11-6
Berlin,Regiospectra, 138 pag.
West Papua, paradise on earth or for gold-diggers? Either way it is a place for researchers and adventurers trying to fill in the latest blank spots on the map. In this study the author also gives insight into the stereotypes originating from these explorations.

Ontstolen zelfbeschikking; de toekomst van Molukkers en Papoea's

Kamsteeg, Aad (ed.), 2010

ISBN 978-909025-328-2
Groningen, Stichting Zelfbeschikking Molukkers en Papoea’s, 116 p.
In 'Stolen self-determination; the future of Moluccans and Papuans', experts share their view on the history of the Moluccas and Papua, on developments and the opportunities for a better future. Attention is also being paid to the opportunities in the field of international law and politics for both peoples. Order: Sticht. ZMP (DDET), Pb. 6100, 9702 HC Groningen, the Netherlands.

Vervlogen verwachtingen; De teloorgang van Nieuw-Guinea in 1961-1962

Peters, Frans H. , 2010

ISBN 978 90 67 18 345 1
Leiden, KITLV Publ., xviii + 328 p.
In Expectations gone, the demise of New Guinea in 1961-1962 a Dutch government official describes his work with Papuans on development projects, his struggles with them in promoting local democracy and the painful and emotional departure he eventually must make from New Guinea. Purchase online

Gender, ritual and social formation in West Papua, a configurational analysis comparing Kamoro and Asmat

Pouwer, Jan, 2010

ISBN nr. 978 90 6718 325 3
Leiden, KITLV Press, [Verhandelingen 258] xiii + 300 p.
This study compares the culture of the Kamoro (18,000 people) with that of their eastern neighbours, the Asmat (40,000). Part I looks at Kamoro society and culture through the window of its ritual cycle, framed by gender. Part II widens the view, offering in a comparative fashion a more detailed analysis of the socio-political and cosmo-mythological setting of the Kamoro and the Asmat rituals.
This publication is of interest to scholars and students in Oceanic studies and those drawn to the comparative study of cultures.
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Ketika Injil Bersinar di Yalimo; Kisah kehidupan dan pelayanan keluarga Pdt. Klaus Reuter

Reuter, Susanne, 2010

ISBN: 978-3-941387-01-0
Düsseldorf, Wahine Verlag, 359 p. + 24 color picture p. 
This book is a translation  of the German original (see Reuter 2008) by Dr. Rainer Scheunemann and tells the story of the author living as a child for eight years with her parents and three younger sisters in a remote valley in the Highlands of Papua. She talks about her adventurous life on a small mission station in the lands of the Yali. - kdj. Purchase online at

Hoe God verscheen in Papoea

Sloot, Jan , 2010

ISBN 978 90 5625 327
Nijmegen, Valkhof Pers, 400 p.
How God appeared in Papua relates about 50 years of mission work and the adventures of the Dutch Franciscans who left for New Guinea for the first time on the 29th of December 1936. Western culture and Christianity went hand in hand then. But as a result of subsequent political developments in those 50 years the mission work and church construction were influenced. The vision on church and mission work of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) thereupon changed the missionaries'  views on their role in the local churches.

Verhalen van Veteranen, gesprekken met veteranen

Bakker, Theo, 2009

ISBN 978-90-77571-11-8
Dieren, Diepenmaat Uitg., 124 pag. (€ 17.50)
Interviews with veterans about their experiences abroad. They were sent to countries such as former Dutch East Indies, Korea, New Guinea, Lebanon, Africa and Yugoslavia. Almost all soldiers look back positively on their mission.