Appendix
Dramatis Personae
amisa
was an energetic woman who raised eleven children to adulthood,
creating a large, cooperative sibling set that came to prominence in the
middle hill neighborhood of Sibogo after she died in 1995. She hailed from
a tobacco family on Sipil, and she moved with her family to Sibogo after they
returned from Sigenti where they took refuge during the severe drought of
1983. Her older son
atar
married into a Sigenti family, enabling one of her
sons
hamdan
to stay in Sigenti to go to school. When they returned to Si-
bogo around 1992 her sons prospered and Hamdan became a major land-
owner.
nijo
became a carpenter and
amal
farmed. Their brother- in-law
natun
(whose wife had died), and another sister,
alia,
struggled to provi-
sion their families from one day to the next.
Amisa’s brother
nasir
on Sipil was a diligent farmer who felt pressured to
give away food or sell it cheap to his food- short neighbors who mostly sur-
vived on wage work. Her uncle
dekon,
who was in his seventies in 1992,
struggled to support himself and his widowed daughter
leka
with her five
children.
dekon
and his son
sampo
sold much of their land to cover debts.
Leka survived mainly on wage work, weeding farms in Sibogo until the work
dried up.
malia
also grew up planting tobacco on Sipil and was the oldest of a large
sibling set, including a brother
siam,
who became a successful farmer on
Sipil, and sisters with quite varied fates. She was married to
tabang,
who
stayed behind in the drought of 1983 and planted corn in the inner hills. Ta-
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