Janet Hoskins

in The Play of Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080034
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919136 | DOI:

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This chapter explores the land and people of the Kodi district in Sumba. An anachronism is usually defined as something that remains or appears after its own time. Sumba seemed not a survivor from the past, but an area that was profoundly out of sync with the modern world, moving to its own rhythms and unbothered by much distant turmoil. What the people on the runway felt, in contrast, was that a Westerner could have little interest in them and would not want to become a part of the very different temporal framework of their lives. The meeting that they thought inconceivable seemed unlikely because of the long historical and geographical isolation of their island. That moment of confusion on the runway was to be the beginning of a long apprenticeship in the study of time.

Keywords: land; people; Kodi; Sumba; Westerner; time

Chapter.  10378 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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