Dr. Aone van Engelenhoven: Mending Torn Stories Creating a Narrative Identity in the Moluccan Exile Community in The Netherlands

Biography

Dr. Aone van Engelenhoven is currently a University lecturer at Leiden University, Netherlands. His research focuses on several linguistic and anthropological linguistic issues in Indonesia, East Timor, among Moluccan migrants in the Netherlands and can be distinguished in historical linguistics (the reconstruction of the proto languages of the Austronesian and non-Austronesian languages in Southwest Maluku and their location in their respective language trees), descriptive linguistics (grammatical description of minority languages in Indonesia and East Timor), oral traditions (semiotics and mnemonics of storytelling), and language and cognition (the use of Malay and indigenous languages for the transfer of ritual knowledge, the relation between event categorization in cognition and transitivity in grammar).

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Mending Torn Stories Creating a Narrative Identity in the Moluccan Exile Community in The Netherlands

The Moluccan community in The Netherlands finds its origin in the troublesome Independence history of the Republic of Indonesia. The initial years in The Netherlands were still seen in the light of an anticipated return to separate an independent Republic of the South Moluccas whose idealized inhabitants were modelled after the mountain tribes of Seram Island. The permanency of the stay and the ethnolinguistic diversity of the home region fostered the community’s feeling of rootlessness and alienation within the Dutch society. This contribution elaborates how an ethnolinguistically diverse community of exiles creates a unifying narrated identity by appropriating and re-interpreting the sacred migration epic Hena Masa Waya of one of its ethnic groups..

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