A Portrait of State as a Schoolteacher: Discourse of Indonesian Indigenous Community in a Children Book

International documents call them ‘Indigenous People’, ‘Indigenous community’, or ‘Indigenous society’, in itself a practice of exclusion (Mills 2004: 57), where powerful parties exclude or include other groups of people, with manufactured reasoning or characterization of the subjected groups. The Indonesian government applied this type of exclusion for their ‘indigenous community’ by using a straightforward term: masyarakat terasing, ‘isolated communities’. They follow this with constructing a set of characterization for these groups to underpin policies to impose ideas, institutions, and lifestyles to these groups. Continue reading