Today a lot of information about Nias is available online. Below is list of Nias related films and music as well as links to websites and useful Nias related downloads.
Visit Nias Island: sharing the wonders of Nias Island with the world. This English language website has all the information needed by anyone planning a trip to Nias such as detailed information about how to get to the island and where to stay. It also outlines suggestions for things to do and provides a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of Nias Island. This website is managed by the Nias Heritage Foundation
North Nias Tourism: English language tourism information about North Nias Regency, including information about heritage sites in the north of Nias.
Sorake Beach: tourist information focusing on the south and the area around Lagundri Bay, as well as investment opportunities on Nias.
Tropenmuseum: searchable online collection database with many interesting Nias related objects, documents and photographs. Available online Here:
Films about Nias
Moeder Dao, de schilpadgelijkende (1995 NTR) Directed by Vincent Monnikendam
Mother Dao the turtlelike has been screened at forty-eight international film festivals and has received eighteen awards and prizes, among them five Golden Awards. The film was proclaimed the best Dutch film of 1995. This film is a compilation of clips shot by Dutch cameramen in their former colony of Indonesia. The original footage had no soundtrack, but the filmmaker has added natural sounds from Indonesia and indigenous music. The film's title refers to a mythical story that, according to the inhabitants of Nias, explains the origin of creation.
The Golden Pig (1996 SBS) by Joel Peterson
One hour long Australian documentary about the impacts of surf culture and tourism on the island of Nias. The waves at Lagundri Bay on Nias are what dreams are made of. The Golden Pig highlights incredible early footage from surf explorer Kevin Peterson along with "first contact" interviews with locals of Nias. The current state of Nias (in the mid 90’s), surfer paradise or culture destroyed by surfing, remains debated. The film highlights the profound influence that surfing has had on the local community.
Ono Niha. Traditional Culture in Contemporary Indonesia (1998) Directed by Henry Twinch
Ono Niha is a short documentary based on research by anthropologist Edward Peake. It describes the work of traditional healers on the island of Nias and highlights the difficulties they were facing as a result of the Suharto government’s suppression of traditional culture. This film won the Prix de “l’Edition” at the Bruxelles film festival, and was commended at the Granada film festival.
Architektur und Kultur in Nordsumatra und Nias (2005 IVA)
Documentary about Architecture and Culture in North Sumatra and Nias.
By Ulrike Herbig - in cooperation with the Institute for Comparative Research in Architecture University of Technology, Wien.
Mereka Yang Siaga (The Prepared Ones) (2007 UNSESCO) Directed by Lianto Luseono
Short documentary about Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts on Nias Island, which experienced a major earthquake of magnitude 8.7 on March 28, 2005. This film retraces the remarkable journey of Nurhayat Fau, a 63-year-old woman who is known by the community as Ina Tulo, in raising community disaster preparedness and awareness in Lagundri Village, in South Nias. Indonesian with English sub-titles.
Link to watch video Here.
Nias - Point of Change (2015) by Rebecca Coley
Short documentary about Nias born surf champion Bonne Gea who broke social and cultural taboos to become one of the first girls to surf on Nias. She worked tirelessly to buy her first surfboard and took huge risk by moving to Bali so she could pursue her dream. She is now five times Indonesian Women’s Surfing Champion and twice Asian Women’s Surfing Champion.
Sumatra d'hier et d'aujourd'hui – Claude Jannel (Musik dari Sumatera termasuk Nias)
1980 Le Monde en Musique
Music of Indonesia, Vol. 4: Music of Nias and North Sumatra
1992 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Available online Here
Nias: Epic, songs and instrumental music
Available online Here
1995 PAN Records
Musik Tradisional Nias Hoho Hilinawalö Fau
Museum Pusaka Nias, 2007
A number of Nias related books, articles, brochures and maps can be downloaded as PDFs:
Map of Nias Island: OCHA 2005. Download
Cultural tourism map of Nias (English). UNESCO Jakarta. Download
Map of Telo Islands, South Nias: Scale 1: 250.000. Download
Culture - Academic articles & book chapters
150 years of Ethnological interpretation and misinterpretation, the example of Nias Island. By Johannes Hämmerle. Academic article 2013 (English). Download
Land and People of Nias and the Batu Islands. Book chapter from Cross & Adu by Hummel & Telaumbanua 2007 (English). Download
The Peopling of Nias, from the Perspective of Oral Literature and Molecular Genetic Data. Article by Ingo Kennerknecht et al 2012 (English). Download
Dual Faces; architecture of Nias. Academic article. Winanto et.al. 2013 (English). Download
Megalithic Traditions in Nias Islands. Koestoro & Wiradnyana UNESCO Jakarta (English). Download
Tradition, Christianity and the State in understanding of sickness and healing in South Nias, Indonesia. Phd Thesis by Edward Peake 2000 (English). Download
A song for Lowalangi: The interculturation of Catholic Mission and Nias Traditonal Art with special respect to Music. Phd Thesis by Thomas Markus Manhart 2004 (English). Download
Makna Megalitik: Kontekstualisasi dalam Sejarah Budaya Börönadu By J. A. Sonjaya Arkeologi Fakultas Ilmu Budaya UGM (Indonesian). Download
Tradisi Megalitik di Pulau Nias. Koestoro & Wiradnyana UNESCO Jakarta (Indonesian). Download
Articles by Prof. Alain Viaro and Arlette Ziegler:
Siedlungen in Mittelnias : Verschlossene Welten in den Hügeln, book chapter (Alain Viaro and Arlete Ziegler. Wien: IVA-ICRA Verlag. 2010, p. 19-32 (German). Download
Nias... une aventure de trente ans. Alain Viaro & Arlette Ziegler. Article Arts et cultures. 2009, p. 162-184 (French). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. Ceremonial Sabres of Nias Headhunters in Indonesia. Arts et cultures, 2001, vol. 3, p. 150-171 (English). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. Nias : une île de pierres et de fêtes. In: Sculptures. Paris : Réunion des Musées nationaux, 2000. p. 225-230 (French). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain, ZIEGLER, Arlette. Stones of power, Statuary and Megalithism in Nias. In: Messages in Stone. Milano : Skira, 1998. p. 35-78 (English). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. Nias Island. In: Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world. Cambridge : University Press, 1997. p. 119-122 (English). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. Architectures of Indonesia: Nias Island. Spazio e Società, 1992, vol. 57, p. 110-121 (English). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. The traditional architecture of Nias. In: Nias, Tribal Treasures, cosmic reflections in stone, wood and gold. Delft : 1990. p. 45-78 (English). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. Nias : habitat et mégalithisme. Archipel, 1984, vol. 27, p. 109-148 (French). Download
VIARO, Mario Alain. Urbanisme et architecture traditionnels du sud de l'île de Nias. Paris : UNESCO, 1980, 106 p (French). Download
Cultural Tourism for sustainable development in Nias Island, Indonesia. Broshure, UNESCO Jakarta (English). Download
Ekowisata: Panduan Dasar Pelaksanaan. UNSESCO Jakarta 2009 (Indonesian). Download
Earthquake, Disaster Prevention and Rehabilitation
In December 2004 and March 2005, Nias Island was hit by a tsunami and strong earthquake with catastrophic consequences for the island. NGOs, International Organisations and government departments intervened from 2005 to 2011 to rebuild the infrastructure of the island. There are many articles and reports about the disasters and various aspects of the rehabilitation process:
The 8.7 Nias earthquake of March 28, 2005. Report Aydan et al. Japan Society of Civil Engineers 2005 (English). Available online Here.
Uplift and Damage from the 8.7 Nias Earthquake of 28 March 2005. Beetham & Sinclair 2008 (English). Available online Here.
Nias Reconstruction in the Respect of the Tradition . Alain Viaro Book chapter Traditional Architecture and Art on Nias, Indonesia. Wien : IVA-ICRA, 2009. p. 140-149 (English). Available online Here.
Community Housing in Post Disaster Area on Nias islands, Indonesia. Article by H. Lang, BRR NAD Nias (English). Available online Here.
Settlements and Housing on Nias Island: adaptation and development. Article by P Gruber & U Herbig. Institute for Comparative Research in Architecture, Wien (English). Available online Here.
Handbook on Good Building design and Construction: Aceh and Nias Island. Book UNDP 2007 (English). Available online Here.
Rebuilding lives and homes in Aceh and Nias Indonesia. Book Edited by Florian Steinberg and Pieter Smidt. 2010 Asian Development Bank (English). Available online Here.
Mengelola Sumber Daya untuk Membangun Kembali dan Mewujudkan Masa Depan yang Lebih Baik untuk Nias – Worldbank 2007 (Indonesian). Available online Here
Batu Islands (Tellos) Located between the islands of Nias and the Mentawai's. Tellos is part of South Nias.
Province: North Sumatra
Area: 5.121 Km²
Population: (2014): 788,132
Gunungsitoli, Teluk Dalam
Regencies (districts): 5 Regencies 1 Municipality
Religion: Protestant (85%), Catholic (7%), Muslim (7%).
Economy: Agriculture, Fishery
Produce: Rubber, Copra, Clove, Cocoa
Inaugurated: October 2008
Area: 230 km²
Population (2010): 125,556
540 / km²
Seat of local Govt:
West Nias Regency
Inaugurated: May 2009
Area: 544 km²
Population (2010): 81,807
150 / km²
Seat of local Govt:
Inaugurated: Mei 2009
Area: 980 km²
Population (2010): 132,000
134 / km²
Seat of local Govt:
North Nias Regency
Inaugurated: 26 May 2009
Area: 1.501 km²
Population (2010): 127,530.
85 / km²
Seat of local Govt:
South Nias Regency
Includes Batu Islands (Tellos)
Inaugurated: 28 Juli 2003
Area: 1.626 km²
Population (2010): 289.876
180 / km²
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