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Ethnographer Anouk Garcia sees Indonesian tribes as survivors

Eric Buvelot

The Jakarta Post

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Denpasar  /  Mon, January 6, 2020  /  11:59 am
Ethnographer Anouk Garcia sees Indonesian tribes as survivors

True passion: Her job has taken ethnographer Anouk Garcia (center) to many places, including to Papua. But for her, it is all about documenting and publishing. (Courtesy of Anouk Garcia/-)

Eric Buvelot Contributor/Denpasar, Bali Born in Ivory Coast to a French mother and a Spanish father, ethnographer Anouk Garcia was raised there and in other African countries like Niger, Mali, Gabon and Morocco. To follow in her father’s steps, she studied architecture and started to work in China. But her heart was still with the earliest people of the African continent. “They fascinated me,” she recalls. So she went to France to pursue a master’s degree in anthropology and specialized in religion and beliefs. She then moved to Brazil, saying that she has always been displeased with the cacophony of the modern world. There, she searched for traces of African rituals in local communities during a 7,000-kilometer trip she described as a “journey in the land of origins”. This quest for origins has been with her since childhood. She&r...