This chapter describes Colfers experience doing fieldwork in the village of Pulai, in West Sumatra. She describes the early stages of her research when the community approached her with great suspicion, fearing that she was there to proselytize the Christian religion. She documents her persistent and initially unsuccessful efforts to gain the peoples trust, culminating when she found herself confronted with a woman apparently dying in childbirth. Her ready offer of transportation and funding marked the end of the communitys suspicion, and the beginning of a satisfying and enjoyable research experience.
Geographic: West Sumatra,Indonesia
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, California
Publication Year: 2000
Source: deVita, P.R. Stumbling toward truth: anthropologists at work. 74-83