1. To hold various activities involving researchers, observers, people interested in oral traditions, and those who support oral traditions, in order to develop their potentials.
  2. To appreciate and introduce the diversity of our cultural heritage, especially oral traditions, using three approaches, i.e. science / education, documentation, and performance, including its publications.
  3. To organize accompanying programs (applied programs) preceded by research / deep observation in order to develop oral traditions and their supporting communities by means of conservation activities, reservation, preservation, and revitalization.
  4. To work on the re-functioning of certain oral traditions among communities, both in their original forms and in their modified or transformed forms.
  5. To assist the government and the general public by providing services in information, documentation, publication, research, and the advancement of oral traditions in order to create a network of information formed among various individuals and institutions. 

Training Center

In improving the quality of our human resources, we have tried to organize concrete activities in the form of training. In the beginning it was attended by teaching staff from various universities, both private and state ones, which have language, art, and literature departments. The concept and the form of the training used to be conventional, but it underwent quite a lot of changes.  In reality, reaching the target for each of the abovementioned forms is not easy. Therefore, we wanted to combine both forms with a new proportion of 50% - 50% in the training. In this last period, we managed to maintain our relationship with the alumni of the previous training by holding a workshop on understanding pluralism through the studies of oral traditions in Bogor in 2001.
We have the impression that the medium of training is still needed by our friends in order to be more concerned with oral traditions in the regions. Moreover, with the establishment of the Regional Autonomy, this is the right medium considering that the problem that we have been working on is very specific and needs a conceptual management. Until now universities in other provinces have not touched upon this issue, probably because people still doubt whether oral traditions really have academic significance.


• Training for Young Researchers, in cooperation with the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) and the then Department of Education and Culture (now the Department of Education and the Department of Culture and Tourism)
• Research based on selection and special invitation for experienced researchers
• Research Accompaniment was conducted for special cases of Suku Laut (the Sea Tribe) in Riau, the Dayak Community in West Kalimantan, cultural research in East Timor (Timor Leste), Gayo (Aceh), Melayu (the Riau Archipleago), Betawi (DKI Jakarta), Lombok (NTB), and Banjar (South Kalimantan).


Apart from discussions, workshops, and non-routine scientific meetings, ATL also organizes a routine activity once in every three years since 1993, i.e. the International Seminar and Festival of Indonesian Oral Traditions. As a part of the seminar, we launch books published by ATL in the corresponding period and put into performance oral traditions that appear in that publication, along with other oral traditions whose speakers we intentionally invite to support our seminar.