Recent publications

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.

Zeven dagen in de Baliemvallei

Cools, Derk, 2009

ISBN 978-90-9024904-9
Privately published, Derk Cools, 133 pag.
The writer made a seven days trip in the Baliem valley. In short chapters he tells anecdotes and tries beliefs, mood and anxiety to give their own place. More info:


An act of Free Choice

Drooglever, Pieter, 2009

ISBN 9781851687152
Oxford, Oneworld Publications, 880 pag.
This important study introduces the history and people of West Papua, tracing the origins of the international conflict surrounding their struggle for self-determination following the Second World War. Based on three decades of exhaustive research and focusing particular attention on the sham referendum of 1969 - which Indonesia dubbed "The Act of Free Choice’, an election rigged to legitimize Indonesian control over West Papua - Droogleever highlights the continuing impact of this injustice on Indonesia’s most underdeveloped and poverty-stricken province.


Sejarah Gereja Katolik di Lembah Balim-Papua

Lieshout OFM, Frans, 2009

ISBN 978-602-95025-1-0
Jayapura, Sekretariat Keuskupan Jayapura, xix + 424 p.
After primary and secondary school (gymnasium) Frans Lieshout, born on January 15th in Montfoort, joined the Fransiscan brotherhood in 1955. He studied philosophy and theology from 1956 until 1962 and was ordained as a priest in 1962. After some courses for his preparation as a missionary in Asia he left for Netherlands New Guinea in April 1963, which became the most eastern province of the Indonesian Republic on May 1st 1963 and is now called the province of Papua. 

'Ze zijn gék geworden in Den Haag'; Willem Oltmans en de kwestie Nieuw-Guinea

Meijer, Willem, 2009

ISBN 978-90-6882-758-3
Amsterdam, Elsevier, 157 p.
'Have they gone mad in The Hague', Willem Oltmans and the New Guinea issue.
In most historical surveys about the New Guinea issue the interference of Willem Oltmans is only illustrated briefly. According to Oltmans himself he occupied himself intensive with the matter. Now what was the exact role of Oltmans and how is this being judged by other parties involved (at present) and historians (in retrospect). Willem Oltmans was a Dutch journalist who was on friendly terms with Soekarno a.o.

Bis ins Land des Vogelschweins - Zeitreise in Eigenregie

Roenig, Astrid, 2009

ISBN 978-3839-155400
Norderstedt, Books on Demand Gmbh, 220 pag.
The author takes the reader on an adventurous trip to a place, where time apparently stood still. She meets people who live on whatever nature offers and travels from village to village, together with a HIV-advisor, also to areas restricted for white people. . Audio-CD; titel: Bis ins Land des Vogelschwein. Musik zum Buch; 3 original sound-documents of West-Papua. Publisher:  Show & Act, Wien. Order CD and/or book:


Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papuan Place

Stasch, Rupert, 2009

Paperback edition ISBN 978 0 520 256866
Berkeley, University of California Press, 328 p.
This important study upsets the popular assumption that human relations in small-scale societies based on shared experience. In a theoretically innovative account of the lives of the Korowai of West Papua, Indonesia, Rupert Stasch shows that in this society, people organize their connections to each another around otherness. Analyzing the Korowai people's famouw 'tree house' dwellings, their patterns of living far apart, and their practices of kinship, marriage, and childbearing and rearing, Stasch argues that the Korowai actively make relations not out of what they have in common, but out what divides them. 'Society of Others' offers a picture of Korowai lives sharply at odds with stereotypes of 'tribal societies'.