Emily Masters, placed in Palangkaraya, wearing an official SMAN 5 Palangkaraya batik.

Fabrics of Indonesia

– By Christopher Linnan –  – Introduction by Katy Rennenkampf – Indonesia’s many local cultures seem united by a love of all things colorful, most notably, colorful fabrics. From island to island you can find many different patterns, colors, and methods, each with a distinct meaning and history. Although Indonesia is most famous for its…

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Sholat: An Experience with Muslim Prayer

– By Bianca Rajan – As I stand in the female section of the mosque, looking over thirty women’s heads, who are kneeling on the floor in their striking opaque prayer gowns, I can’t help but feel my heart fill with gratitude. I was participating in my first “sholat” at SMA Muhammadiyah, a private Muslim…

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Here There Be Dragons: Komodo Island

– By Grace Wivell – I have had an infatuation with animals since I was a little girl—I blame having been raised around more calves and chicks than human children—and here in Indonesia I am able to experience wildlife that is sometimes similar, but often vastly different from what I am accustomed to at home.…