Our Mission

Collaborative Results


Ancient knowledge, modern media, vitalizing an endangered oral language and culture, the film is a discovery journey of a well-educated man returning to his village roots for wisdom and identity. In a remote Indonesian pearl diving community, elders share ancient self-governance teachings despite centuries of colonialism. Tambaroro Laut, an all-night festival of spiritual ecology, launches the pearl oyster and sea cucumber harvest in the Aru Islands. TAMBARORO introduces Gwatle language and culture to the world celebrating human diversity.
Every teaching is put into a song.
It reminds us of how to live, because the world is dry”.

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Research outputs for the public make results relevant for communities.

“Most old people are concerned about the Gwatle language existence are very grateful that the information in the book will be passed on to the next generation. They never imagined that their sea knowledge could be illustrated well in a book.”

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Academic Publishing

2019 Gordon, A. Ross and Sonny Ananias Djonler. Hope and Energy at the Arafura Sea Shore. Journal of Ritual Studies 33 (2).

2019 Gordon, A. Ross and Sonny Ananias Djonler. Oral traditions in cryptic song lyrics: Continuous cultural revitalization in Batuley. Wacana, Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia 20(3) 400-429.

2019 Gordon, A. Ross, Sonny A. Djonler, and Hans Hägerdal. “The Killing of Posthouder Scheerder and Jifar Folfolun (The War of the Breasts): Malukan and Dutch Narratives of an Incident in the VOC’s Waning Days.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 50(3) 324-346. doi:10.1017/S0022463419000420.

2017 Gordon, A. Ross. Book Review: The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network. By Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers. Pacific Affairs. 2015.

2016 Gordon, Ross. Community: Use It or Lose It?  In Strategies for Successful Writing: A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader, and Handbook. 6th Canadian. Edition. Eds. James A. Reinking, Robert von der Osten, and Sue Ann Cairns. Toronto: Pearson Canada (468-480).

2015 Gordon, A. Ross. Book Review: The Lexicon of Proto Oceanic: the culture and environment of ancestral Oceanic society; 4: Animals, edited by Malcolm Ross, Andrew Pawley and Meredith Osmond.  Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia 171(2-3) 399 – 402.

2013 Gordon, A. Ross. The Nomenclature of Four Groups of Marine Taxa of Kadavu Province, Fiji. DomoDomo: A Scholarly Journal of the Fiji Museum. 25 (1&2).

2012 Gordon, Ross. Community: Use It or Lose It? Anthropologica 54(2) 253-266.


2021 Gordon, A. Ross. Berthold Seemann: botanist, naturalist, and nascent anthropologist. Naturalist Histories. University of Hawai’i Press (book chapter).

2021 Gordon, A. Ross. Tenure, taboo, and totem: a troublesome trinity. Small Islands in Peril? Island Size and Island Lives in Oceania. Australia National University Press (book chapter). 


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