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Tom Vater

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Hard choices in the Andaman Islands in The Nikkei Asian Review

My latest for The Nikkei Asian Review on the plight of the indigenous people of the Andaman Islands in India – The world should reconsider forced assimilation of isolated communities. In late November, an American missionary attempted to bring Christianity to the Sentinelese people, a remote community in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, an Indian […]

The Tom Vater Collection at the British Library to be digitally preserved

This recording is part of the Tom Vater Collection (C799) at the British Library. A longer extract has been published on The Moken: sea gypsies of the Andaman Sea (Topic Records TSCD919, 2001).  The full collection also includes recordings from India, Laos and Cambodia. It will be digitally preserved as part of the Unlocking our […]

My Rumble In The Jungle – Getting Tattooed In An Iban Village in Borneo

                  I have just published a guest post on The Next Best Book Blog on how I got tattooed in Borneo.   I was in the jungle in Borneo, somewhere, a day’s travel from Kuching – first by car, then by boat up a Conradian river, to […]

(English) Apparently deluded author Jared Diamond sells stone dead notion of progress in book about tribal peoples

(English) From the Archives: The Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea – A British Library Project

(English) From the Archives: Tom Vater’s On the Trail with the Bush Meat Hunters republished

The Moken – Die Musik der Seenomaden Südostasiens auf CD

The Moken – Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea ist in Zusammenarbeit mit der British Library bei Topic Records (UK) erschienen. Die Lieder der Moken, der letzten Seenomaden der Andamanischen See, wurden 1999 von Tom Vater auf Ko Surin, einem Inselarchipel vor der Westküste Thailands, aufgenommen. Fotos von Aroon Thaewchatturat. Liner notes von Tom Vater