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This article is about the Indonesian people. For the poaching liquor, see Nage (food). For the American trade union, see NAGE. For the martial arts term, see Tori (martial arts).
Nage people
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Ana deo figures of the Nage people, representing tutelar spirits of the clan house, Flores Island (Eastern Indonesia).
Total population
Regions with significant populations
East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Li'o language
Roman Catholic Christian (predominantly), Islam, Folk

The Nage are an indigenous people living on the eastern Indonesian island of Flores.

Study of the tribe[edit]

In 1940, Officer Louis Fontijne produced a Dutch Colonial Service study entitled Grondvoogden in Kelimado (Guardians of the land in Kelimado), Kelimado being a region included in the Nage district of central Flores. Commissioned as an investigation of indigenous land tenure and leadership, the study was the only comprehensive description of Nage society and culture produced during the colonial period.[2]

In 1983, anthropologist Gregory Forth renewed interest in the tribe, revisiting the islands while seeking a copy of Fontijne's complete study.[2]

Forth has also hypothesized a possible connection between the local stories of the Ebu Gogo, a creature in Nage mythology, and the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a possible species of extinct hominid, hence a renewed interest in the tribe.[3]

Further reading[edit]

  • Fontijne, Louis; Gregory Forth; Han F. Vermeulen (2005). Guardians Of The Land In Kelimado: Louis Fontijne's Study Of A Colonial District In Eastern Indonesia. University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-90-6718-223-2. 


  1. ^ "Nage in Indonesia". Joshua Project. Retrieved 2014-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b Forth, Gregory (March 2003). "A small world after all". University of Alberta. Archived from the original on June 13, 2008. Retrieved December 2009. 
  3. ^ Forth, Gregory (2005). "Hominids, hairy hominoids and the science of humanity". Anthropology Today 21 (3): 13–17. doi:10.1111/j.0268-540X.2005.00353.x. Retrieved December 2009.  (Abstract, Wiley Interscience)

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