Image: Drawing of Saumlaki bay, 1994 © Will Buckingham

Welcome to The Tanimbar Islands Site. This is a small website offering resources for those with an interest in the Tanimbar Islands, a small archipelago in Maluku Tenggara, East Indonesia. The Tanimbar islands are made up of Yamdena, Larat, Sera, Fordata, Selaru and several other, smaller islands.

The Tanimbar islands remain relatively little-known, and this site aims to provide some background to this part of the world.

The site is designed and maintained by me, Dr. Will Buckingham, a writer and academic based currently in the UK. I carried out research in Tanimbar in 1994/1995, working at the University of Pattimura on a project sponsored by LIPI, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, researching the work of Tanimbarese wood-carvers.

Much more recently, I have written a book about Tanimbar called Stealing With the Eyes: Imaginings and Incantations in Indonesia, and published by Haus Publishing in 2018.