DOBES Archive

This is a recording of a man who had been hunting during the night MAK with his two sons. He had caught a cuscus and a crocodile. After he returned in the morning, he send one of his sons to show me the cuscus and the crocodile. recorded with a Canon XA10 with a shotgun mic Rode Videomic
short story about the bird of paradise and its religious/cultural significance. this was recorded during a bird walk with a head mounted microphone.
This is recording of garden work. The main speaker (LNA) and her two daughters (RNA, JAA) work in the garden and explain various aspects of the work to the two researchers (JCM, CD).
a short description of the fawn-breasted bowerbird's nest nzöyär. the speaker points out such a nest and describes the bird's behaviour.
a story about sorcerers and how they acquire strength by drinking the body liquids of a deceased persong
Photos from the Morehead project (Nen and Tonda) to be used for the DOBES web portal
The speaker talks about how to make a drum. This included which trees are used, which tools, how the drum skin is fixed, etc. During the story he works on a small drum.
These recordings were collected during an morning birdwalk around the garden site, Zeri. The main local consultant was Jimmy Nébni, who wore a head-mounted microphone and provided commentary. Researchers Chris Healey, Nick Evans and Julia Colleen Miller elicited bird names and stories along the way. Bird song was also collected using a shotgun microphone. Many unnamed participants went on this walk. Key to the audio files naming (all audio tracks were recorded simultaneously using the 4 channel Zoom H4N): = audio track recorded using Zoom H4N's onboard stereo microphone. Content includes comments by those people near the main consultant. hm = AKG C520 headmounted mic for high quality recordings of Nen bird names and commentary. sg = Audio Tecnica AT8015 shotgun mic focusing on collecting bird song along the walk. hmsg = the blended track of the headmounted and shotgun track, with boosted volume for the birdsong. This creates a track with the birdsongs and commentary by the speaker. Track 03 contains a story in Nen about kaeko nests approx 36 minutes into track. Kaeko does not build its own nest. It takes over some other bird's nest. This story has been collected a couple of times. The amusing zo story is at the end of this final track and has been extracted, transcribed, and translated. Keywords: birds; mammals; insects
Prnda discusses the gifts she brought to NE, PJ and JCM. Specifically, she describes the purpose of the two woven bags in cleansing the bitterness of certain yams in a river. Keywords: procedural; food; material culture
This is a short procedural about how to manufacture and set a trap. The audio has been recorded separately with a lapel microphone.
content: a headhunting story told at mämbü canoe place south-east of Rouku village. This was recorded during a bird walk and extracted from a longer recording. The topic was triggered by a night bird possibly an owl, owlet, nightjar. The story explains how a head-hunting party came at night and imitated this particular bird in order to trick the people who are still half asleep. at the end the speaker adds some information how head hunters used to crack nuts or coconut shells to imitate dogs who bite and crack bones. All this was part of distracting the victims.
This is a recording of a number of people digging a water well in Rouku. At the height of the dry season the water level is so low that the water in the drinking wells is turning brown and becomes muddy. The only way to resolve this, is to climb down and remove the mud and dig a little further. recorded with a Canon XA 10 videocamera with a mounted shotgun microphone Rode Videomic.
birdwalk-kakayam: An afternoon birdwalk in the garden site called Zeri. The focus of this walk was to capture images and sounds of the elusive King's Bird of Paradise. Video footage was captured using the Sony HDR-PJ30VE camera. A secondary audio recording device was used (Zoom H4N). Only the Zoom's onboard stereo microphones were used. Key to naming convention and microphones used for audio: nqn20120803JMa-04 = session name nqn20120803JMa-04.wav = no additional information indicates that this file was recorded with the onboard microphones of the recording device nqn20120803JMa-04-HM Keywords: birds; hunting
This is a recording of a plant walk with two speakers. The walk took about one hour. We started in Rouku village (GPS: -8.7028 141.5977) and walked to Morehead River, along the riverbank to Mämbü (GPS: -8.710167 141.6005) and then into the forest to Wés Wés Zra (GPS: -8.715633 141.607917). The two speakers show us a number of plants and explain their usage. The audio was recorded with two wireless lapel microphones connected to a H4Zoom. The audio of both is merged into one file with separate channels for both speakers (tci20130907JMa-02-combined.wav). The separated channels are also available (tci20130907JMa-02-left.wav and tci20130907JMa-02-right.wav). All video was shot with a Canon XA 10. The associated video file for the audio recordings above is tci20130907CDv-02.mpeg. It contains a separate audio channel recorded with a shotgun microphone (Rode Videomic). The associated ELAN file (tci20130907CD-02.eaf) synchronizes tci20130907JMa-02-combined.wav and tci20130907CDv-02.mpeg. tci20130907CDv-01.mpeg was shot immediately before setting off. all other videos (tci20130907CDv-03.mpeg - tci20130907CDv-12.mpeg) were recorded at Wés Wés Zra (chopping wood) and on the way back to Rouku.
the speaker had killed a monitor lizard just prior to recording this story. she talks about how she saw something moving through the grass and started chasing it. at the end she points out the fish and the turtle that she had caught previously. this was recorded at a river garden.
The speaker tells a pig-hunting story which took place 30 years ago at Masu. This is was recorded during fencing work at a river garden. The speaker carries a lapel microphone.
This is a recording of dinner preparations. The family is preparing kwérman. The dish consists of grated cassawa root and a greasy fish on top. Both is wrapped in banana leaves and then put on to the ground oven. recorded with a Canon XA-10 videocamera and a Rode Videomic mounted on top.