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The Play of TimeKodi Perspectives on Calendars, History, and Exchange$
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Janet Hoskins

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080034

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080034.001.0001

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The Land and People of Kodi

(p.1) Introduction
The Play of Time

Janet Hoskins

University of California Press

This chapter explores the land and people of the Kodi district in Sumba. An anachronism is usually defined as something that remains or appears after its own time. Sumba seemed not a survivor from the past, but an area that was profoundly out of sync with the modern world, moving to its own rhythms and unbothered by much distant turmoil. What the people on the runway felt, in contrast, was that a Westerner could have little interest in them and would not want to become a part of the very different temporal framework of their lives. The meeting that they thought inconceivable seemed unlikely because of the long historical and geographical isolation of their island. That moment of confusion on the runway was to be the beginning of a long apprenticeship in the study of time.

Keywords:   land, people, Kodi, Sumba, Westerner, time

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