Minahasan indigenous perspectives on place planning and management : tracing the indigenous culture through the lens of local wisdom

Wuisang, Cynthia E.V., Jones, David S. and Soebarto, Veronica I. 2013, Minahasan indigenous perspectives on place planning and management : tracing the indigenous culture through the lens of local wisdom, in UPE10 2012 : NEXT CITY : Planning for a new energy & climate future : Proceedings of the 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium, ICMS, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 498-511.

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Title Minahasan indigenous perspectives on place planning and management : tracing the indigenous culture through the lens of local wisdom
Author(s) Wuisang, Cynthia E.V.
Jones, David S.
Soebarto, Veronica I.
Conference name International Urban Planning and Environment Association. Symposium (10th : 2012 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 24-27 Jul. 2012
Title of proceedings UPE10 2012 : NEXT CITY : Planning for a new energy & climate future : Proceedings of the 10th International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium
Editor(s) Gurran, Nicole
Phibbs, Peter
Thompson, Susan
Publication date 2013
Conference series International Urban Planning and Environment Association Symposium
Start page 498
End page 511
Total pages 14
Publisher ICMS
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary Indigenous cultures draw upon many thousands of years of residency and environmental adaptation offering unique knowledge resources to better understand our landscapes and environment. The Minahasan society, on the island of Sulawesi in the Indonesian archipelago, is one such Indigenous community. The Minahasan are the Indigenous community of northern Sulawesi, before the Portuguese and Dutch 1500-1900 colonization of this island, and the later nationalist cultural assimilation following post Indonesian independence. Thus, some 500 years of post-European contact and management can be contrasted against over I 00,000 years of Minahasan society. Further, the majority of this colonisation has been focused upon the coastal fringes resulting in a relatively intact Minahasan cultural landscape within the interior of northern Sulawesi focused upon the Tondano Lake catchment. This paper considers the importance of the Minahasan-formed cultural landscape, its importance to this culture, and the role and influence it continues to have in settlement formation and planning in northern Sulawesi despite conventional Indonesian and Western-informed sustainable urban and regional planning traditions and knowledge. It draws upon intensive qualitative research using 14 different villages, to analyse and compare local knowledge and land-relationships developed by the respective communities to manage and curate their unique characteristics as well as ensuring adaption without compromising their cultural, social and economic values. The research embodies this ethnoecological information in seeking to analyse historical and contemporary land use planning systems, and to offer a future planning perspective that will respect and endure this relationship and environmental management regime.
ISBN 9781742102818
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055235

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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