Clifford Sather

Clifford Sather received his PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1971. His principal publications include The Bajau Laut: Adaptation, History, and Fate in a Maritime Fishing Society of Southeastern Sabah (1997, Oxford UP) and Seeds of Play, Words of Power: An ethnographic study of Iban shamanic chants (2001, Tun Jugah Foundation & BRC).  He is also co-editor (with James J. Fox) of Origins, Ancestors and Alliance: Explorations in Austronesian ethnography (1996, Australian National University) and (with Timo Kaartinen) of Beyond the Horizon: Essays on Myth, History, Travel and Society (2008, Finnish Literature Society). Dr. Sather taught and held research positions in Southeast Asia (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, and the National University of Singapore), Australia (Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University), Europe (University of Helsinki), and the United States (Vassar College, Reed College, and University of Oregon).  He retired in 2005 as Professorial Fellow from the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is currently editor of the Borneo Research Bulletin, the annual journal of the Borneo Research Council, a position he has held since 1995.

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Explorations in Austronesian Ethnography

Publication date: October 2006
This collection of papers, the third in a series of volumes on the work of the Comparative Austronesian Project, explores indigenous Austronesian ideas of origin, ancestry and alliance and considers the comparative significance of these ideas in social practice. The papers examine social practice in a diverse range of societies extending from insular Southeast Asia to the islands of the Pacific.