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Jakarta Post

New study suggests no Indonesians are truly 'pribumi'

  • Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18 2019   /  01:08 am

For generations, Indonesians have discussed the dichotomy between pribumi, or native Indonesians, and “non-pribumi”, which historically has been used to distinguish those whose ancestral roots originate within the
archipelago from those of “foreign” descent.But in a culturally diverse country with hundreds of ethnicities and languages, questions arise every time the term pribumi is used — including in political campaigns. Who are native Indonesians exactly?Science, however, suggests that no Indonesians are truly native as newly released research on genealogy mapping has found that Indonesian people have mixed ancestral roots from different geographical origins in their DNAs.The study, conducted in collaboration with history magazine and the Education and Culture Ministry from July to September, took DNA samples from 16 respondents from across the country for a s...