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B103 Sounds of the Soul: The
Traditional Music of Timor-Leste/ Lian Husi Klamar: Musika Tradisional Husi
The first book about the traditional music of Timor-Leste will appeal to those interested in the traditional culture of Timor, particularly its music, and the visual splendor of the country. The book, the culmination of ten years research, features visually-rich pages in full color, with 20 reproductions of contemporary paintings by selected East Timorese artists. Twenty traditional songs complete with text and music notation in both Western and Indonesian systems. A separate 52-page coloring booklet, Lafaek Holds a Party, introduces Timor's traditional instruments to children aged 5 to 12, with delightful illustrations by Timorese artists, Tony Amaral and Pelle Pereira.
Author and musician Ros Dunlop made her first trip to Timor-Leste in April 2002 with Timor activist brothers Robert and Martin Wesley-Smith. Ros and Martin gave concerts of Martin’s audiovisual pieces about East Timor. Ros then began visiting Timor-Leste regularly to record its special music. The skilled musicians who participated were acutely aware of the importance of recording their music for posterity. The translators and assistants who helped to organize the recording sessions, the artists from Arte Moris Art School, and the young Timorese from the audiovisual archive, Centro Archivo Max Stahl Timor-Leste, helped to make this project happen.
The text is in both Tetun and English.
2012, 160 pp. $75
The book is wonderful and everyone love it. I am playing the music the sound in my car. Loving it. The book is so genuine, like the music inside, ‘genuine, innocence and spontaneous’. --Josh Trindade, Advisor, Research, Analysis and Social-Cultural Issues, Presidential Palace, Dili
B99 A Boy and the Crocodile: The Legend of East
The Boy and the Crocodile is the legend of East Timor, about how the island of Timor got its curious shape. It is also a parable about kindness, and now a children's book that is benefiting vulnerable kids. The book was illustrated by children from the Familia Hope Orphanage in East Timor, including many who lost their parents in the country's violent struggle for independence. proceeds from sales go to the orphanage.
B99a Labarik Ho Lafaek:
Aik-nanoik id husi Timor-Leste
Affirm Press, 2011 $20 paperback
B92 Peace of Wall: Street Art
from East Timor
The images and words adorning the walls of East Timor reflect the country's
tumultuous history, precarious present and hopeful future. They endow the social
landscape with a rawness and honesty absent from their media, and echo the
struggle towards new nationhood. Peace of Wall is widely contradictory,
emotionally charged, instantly engaging and consistently dramatic. It's life in
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B64 Timor-Leste Land of Discovery
This gorgeous coffee table picture book illustrates the great beauty of new nation's landscape and people. An ideal gift.
I am Timorese, living abroad (in Portugal), since I was 11 years old. I want to thank you for your book, Timor-Leste Land of Discovery, which gives me some images of Timor, my homeland, that I left 24 years ago. The images are absolutely fantastic and many are of parts of Timor still unknown to me. Timor-Leste Land of Discovery gives me a fantastic free journey to Timor where I hope one day I can return. The title of the book is a perfect resume of the images that you can find within. -- Ângelo Gonçalves
This book brings new images of this new land. This book will surely offer everyone great unforgettable moments of contemplation on the natural beauties of Timor-Leste. -- President Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão.
These evocative photographs present our culture and our traits in a way no other book has done before. José Ramos-Horta
TAYO PHOTO GROUP Ltd. 2006. Hardcover, large-format, 189 pp. $50
B6 Generations of Resistance: East Timor
Photographs by Steve Cox, with introduction by Peter Carey
Extraordinary photos of East Timor, including 8 in color of the Santa Cruz massacre.
Images of contemporary life in East Timor, illustrate the reality of
existence under Indonesian occupation and the horror of events such as the
1991 Santa Cruz massacre. Having lived among and gained the trust of the
Timorese, Cox's photographs unmasked the deceptions of Indonesian government
propaganda and provided substance to foreign journalists whose reports were
heavily circumscribed by official restrictions. These insights into the
daily struggle with suffering and death in East Timor are accompanied by
an authoritative historical introduction of events since 1975 by Peter Carey.
Companion to the documentary film. Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, Manufacturing Consent explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist. Features an annotated copy of the script with excerpts from relevant material with comments from Chomsky interspersed throughout. Large format book includes a substantial section on East Timor along with expanded and updated notes and resource list. Edited by filmmaker.
250 pp. Black Rose Books, Montreal, 1994. $22
64 duotone photographs and original essays by nine authors, including Noam Chomsky, Charles Scheiner, Constancio Pinto, James Dunn, Ines Martins and Carmel Budiardjo.
188 pp. Between the Lines, Toronto, 2004 $35
"What is striking about her portraits is the eyes of her subjects....we don't just stare at Brière's people: They also stare back at us. Because she captured the human essence of East Timor, Brière's photographs turned out to be enormously effective as political art. After seeing her pictures, it was hard to dismiss East Timor as a faraway place of little consequence."
-- Jeet Heer, National Post, June 17, 2004
B26 Inside Out East Timor
A personal photographic account of East Timor and its people. Visiting East Timor three times since 1995, Australian photographer Ross Bird juxtaposes color photographs of life in this country with black and white portraits of those Timorese who have fled their homeland since Indonesia invaded in 1975.
Herman Press, Australia. July 1999. 168 pp, 130 photos. $40 paper
B56 Songs of East Timor &
A songbook/CD set with scores for four part choir, words, translations and background information for eighteen songs of significance and beauty from Oceania.
There are songs of the East Timorese struggle for self determination since 1973 (including the national anthem), Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songs, and songs from the Pacific.
The East Timorese community and others gave advice and assistance.
2005. 52 pp., spiral bound with audio CD. $25
B75 The Testimony Project: Papua
A collection of histories in West Papua. Twelve West Papuans speak for themselves, movingly present their life stories in 'raw narratives' as if the interviewees were speaking directly to the reader. Introduction by Ed McWilliams. Dr. Charles Farhadian, who edited the book, explains: "The goal in creating the book is two-fold. First, it is crucial that Papuans get a chance to speak for themselves, rather than being reinterpreted or silenced for any number of reasons and by any number of people. By speaking for themselves, Papuans demonstrate they are actors in their own right. Second, it is equally important to provide an historical document that records the lives of Papuans at the beginning of the 21st century."