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Indonesia Photo Tour Day 9 & 10

By Michelle Alten

Imam, our guide in Kalimantan

During our stay, Imam is our extremely knowledgeable guide.  As we look at the apes that look at us so pensively, Imam tells me how he used to work on an oil rig.  He made enough money to buy himself a house, but he wasn’t happy.  He explains that his mother told him that his financial success would not bring him happiness and encouraged him to seek something that would make life more meaningful.  Since he first gained financial stability with the oil job, he was able to pursue work with the orangutans.   It is clear that his efforts with orangutan conservation are bringing him great pleasure and intellectual stimulation, even the opportunity to study animal behavior in Australia.  He is ebullient as he shares a stream of information with us.

Barong dance

At Batubulan village on the coast of Bali, a Barong bounces onto a platform in front of a Hindu temple.  Soon he is joined by Rangda, an evil spirit and sinister witch, waving his long threatening fingers and glaring with protruding eyes. The characters in this Barong dance evoke the struggle between good and evil through the often subtle gestures and movements.

Tenganan village scene
Tenganan village scene with cat

Indonesia is known for its ikat weaving, a dye-resist technique where warp threads are bound and dyed to create a pattern before the weaving.  At Tenganan, a rustic Balinese village, weavers still create double ikat, a particularly complex form of ikat, where both the weft and warp are bound to create geometric designs with naturally-died fibers.

Tenganan village: woman is weaving double Ikat
Tenganan village: double Ikat
Old paintings in the Kertha Gosa Pavilion, the former court of justice in Klungkung