Recent publications

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.

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.