DOBES Archive

ruu1-Mit
In this session we hear the consultant sing a ruu (=traditional chant).
AdamEve-UP
In this session the consultant sings a Christian song about Adam and Eve (with the consultant's explanation).
kurkuma-UP
In this session the consultant explain how kurkuma is used for body treatment to soften and colour the skin of women.
ruu2-Mit
In this session the consultant sings a traditional song (ru'u).
trick_lang1-MP
In this session the consultant talks in the Hiva 'Oa trick language.
pohue_Motoua
In this session the consultants narrate about their life at Moto'ua (Hiva 'Oa) from the 1950s onwards before modernisation set in in the 1970s and 1980s. They talk about their self-sufficiant lives, their diets, school life, travelling on the island, and in particular about birth-giving, treatment with plant medicine after birth and the diets of infants. In the final part they depict life after the 1980s when modernisation set in with electricity, TV, fridges etc. available.
pohue_omua-UP
In this session the consultant talks about how they lived in former times before modernisation set in on the Marquesas. She talks in particular about traditional food preparation.
kape-UP
In this session the consultant explains how to prepare 'ape/kape, a type of taro/tubular root which is poisonous and causes skin irritations if not treated in the right way. The technique of how the toxin is removed is explained.
paepae_Putio
In this session the consultant talks about a site (=paepae "ancient foundations of houses") of a big Marquesan warrior, Puti'o, from Hiva 'Oa.
upoonika-Mit
In this session the local legend of the humpbacked full moon is told (cf. v.d.Steinen (1933), "Die buckelige Mondnacht"). It actually explains the existence of an islet in the bay of Hanaiapa on Hiva 'Oa island, called Fatutue, which resembles the form of a head named by the French "tête nègre" (> upo'onika in modern Marquesan) (cf. also v.d.Steinen 1933: 369) . It tells the story of a mother with her daughter and two sons. At night during low tide the children fetch crabs and other seafood. After having returned back home the children offer the mother the seafood which she refuses to take. When all the children are fast asleep, the mother, called Tuapu'u (lit. 'humpback'), opens her back through a magic spell and fills all the caught seafood into her back which she eats secretly the next day. The same thing happens the following night. One of her sons gets suspicious and catches eels in the third night which he keeps alive. When the mother follows the same procedure, her back and intestines are eaten up by the living eels and she dies. Before dying she makes her daughter promise to plant a Kehi'a/Kehika-apple tree (Eugenia malaccensis) on her grave and further assigns the uppermost fruit/apple in the tree-top only to her daughter. After five days the tree already carries fruits which can be picked, and being reminded by her promise the daughter picks the uppermost fruit. At the moment of picking the fruit the tree collapses and the mother resurrects. Furiously she pursuits her children to the cape of Hanaiapa which breaks off the main land. This broken off piece of land is the islet Fatutue, also called upo'onika or tête nègre (cf. above). The story ends in that the mother fails to rejoin her children and finally dies in the sea.
vave_Nahoe
In this session the consultant sings the vave, a welcoming song for visitors, of Naho'e (Hiva 'Oa).
Pakeekee1-Mat
This session contains the legend of Pake'eke'e, a powerful tribe of Tahuata island.
tapu-UP
In this session the consultant talks about former taboos. Some taboos are illustrated in form of an anecdote of a water hole in Naho'e (Hiva 'Oa).
Putio1-VB
In this session the consultant tells one of the stories connected with the big warrior Putio from Hiva 'Oa.
Expl_ruu-Mit
In this short session the consultant explains the two songs she has sung before (see "ruu1-Mit" and "ruu2-Mit"). She recounts the lyrics of the song.
apau_kokomi-MP
In this session we see how a medicine for infants is prepared out of plants and crabs. The end product is a cooked coconut oil with plant ingredients which is used for purification purposes, in particular when the infant suffers from diarrhoea and stomach trouble.
Putio-UP
In this session the consultant briefly narrates about Puti'o who was a big Marquesan warrior from Naho'e, the consultant's home valley. The consultant mainly tells about Puti'o's carrying of the large stone from Moto'ua - a neighbouring valley - over the mountains to Naho'e (see link).
vehine_Tapu-HP
In this session the consultant tells the story of the female spirit Tapu - incorporated as a woman - from Havaiki. Tapu interacts with the people of Hanapa'a'oa at Hiva 'Oa.
kea_Putio-UP
In this session the consultants talks about the stone of Puti'o (see link).
hakaua_ahi-UP
In this session the consultant explains how they used to make fire with certain stones.