Niels Alexander Douwes Dekker
Born in 1911, Niels Alexander Douwes Dekker was a great-grandnephew of Multatuli (Edward Douwes Dekker), author of Max Havelaar—the classic novel of life in the colonial East Indies. Niels Douwes Dekker was a professional photographer, artist, filmmaker, essayist, and public relations specialist, and also served as the head of the Netherlands East Indies Visual Information Service. The Niels Alexander Douwes Dekker Collection offers a unique visual and textual resource for researching the people and events in the Netherlands East Indies during the final decades of colonial rule. The collection's treasures include over 8,000 photographs illustrating indigenous folkways and rituals, as well as political events surrounding Indonesia's revolution. The photographs on display here are from Bali, apparently taken in the late 1940s.

Djanger dance
Ketjak dance
Legong dance

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