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east timor TESTIMONY bkgenera.jpg (19045 bytes) Peace of Wall Sounds of the Soul: The Traditional Music of East Timor

B103 Sounds of the Soul: The Traditional Music of Timor-Leste/ Lian Husi Klamar: Musika Tradisional Husi Timor-Leste
with Lafaek Holds a Party
by Ros Dunlop

Sounds of the Soul: The Traditional Music of East TimorThe 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
includes DVD video and CD audio recordings of traditional music and performances and separate 52-page coloring booklet, Lafaek Holds a Party

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 Timor
Illustrated by children from the Familia Home Orphanage

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
Desnhu husi labarik orfenato Familia Hope

Tetum version

Affirm Press, 2011 $20 paperback

A Boy and the Crocodile: The Legend of East Timor Labarik Ho Lafaek: Aik-nanoik id husi Timor-Leste

B92 Peace of Wall: Street Art from East Timor
by Chris Parkinson (foreword by Jose Ramos-Horta)

Peace of WallThe 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 East Timor.

Chris Parkinson spent four years living and working in East Timor. Throughout this time, he documented the changing political and social climate in East Timor through its street art. He amassed over 3000 photographs and hundreds of hours of interviews. Peace of Wall showcases a selection of these inspirational stories and artwork.

Affirm Press 2010 191 pp. Full-color, $35 Flexibound

see Chris Parkinson's blog


B64 Timor-Leste Land of Discovery
by Dan Groshon

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

Profile of photographer in The Oregonian
HK Magazine review of Timor-Leste Land of Discovery

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bkgenera.jpg (19045 bytes)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.

Cassell, UK, 1995. Large format, 120 pp. $39.50

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B15 Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media
dited by Mark Achbar

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

east timor TESTIMONY B49 East Timor Testimony
Photographs by Elaine Brière

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

view online gallery of photos

Bitter Paradise see also V1 -Bitter Paradise: The Sell-out of East Timor DVD

B26 Inside Out East Timor
By Ross Bird

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 & Oceania
by Canberra Union Voices

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
by Charles E. Farhadian, photographs by Stephan Babuljak

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."

“This book is the first of its kind. It dignifies Papuans and lets us speak on our own terms.”
-- Father Neles Tebay, Bishop of Jayapura, Papua

"The Testimony Project: Papua challenges the standardized or idealized views of Papuans.”
-- Rev. Dr. Benny Giay, Professor of Church & Society, Papua

Penerbit Deiya. 2007. 125 pp. $20


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