DOBES Archive

koina-TAOA
In this session the consultants talk about Marquesan feasts and dances, in particular the putu dance. Other dances which are also discussed are the "ori pahaka", "ori manu" and the "tape'a". One consultant gives samples of how it should be sung or how one moves in a particular dance. She also contrasts it with today's modernised versions.
kurkuma-UP
In this session the consultant explain how kurkuma is used for body treatment to soften and colour the skin of women.
kea_Putio-Mok
In this session the consultant talks about the carrying of a massive stone from Moto'ua over the mountains to Naho'e by the big warrior Putio (see also link).
Hina-Tei-MP
This is the local Marquesan version of the legend of Hina, a figure in Polynesian mythology (see also link). The narrator gives detailed accounts of all the important places (+place names) of Hina in the valley of Motopu (Tahuata) where Hina was supposed to have reigned.
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.
kea_Huuti
In this session the consultants talk about the stone of Huuti on Hiva 'Oa. Huuti was a man possessed by spirits (kaikaia/veinehae).
Moeone-HP
In this session the consultants talk about the living tiki Moeone, a stone figure on one of the sites at Hanapa'a'oa (Hiva 'Oa). In connection with this site the consultants also talk about several different skulls found near that site.
Ono-Tei-MP
This is the legend of 'Ono, an important Marquesan warrior. The consultant narrates the second part of the legend.
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).
pohue-TAOA
In this session the consultants talk about life before modernisation in the 1960s and 1970s took place. They talk about traditional food preparation, treatment of new born babies (food and plant medication), about plant medicine in general, birth and after-birth treatment, cash crops and local currency.
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.
Expl_Hina
In this session the consultant makes links to other Polynesian cultures (in particular the Tuamotuan) and their myths. It is also discussed about additional connections with Hina in sayings and natural phenomena.
Mururoa-Mok
In this session the consultant talks about his employment at the CEP at Mururoa during the 1960s and 1970s. He also describes changement of life for the local population since the installation of the CEP (=Centre d'Expérimentation du Pacifique), the atomic testing ground in French Polynesia.
pohue-Mok
In this session the consultant talks about life on the Marquesas before modernisation set in in the 1960s and 1970s. He talks in particular about birth-giving, plant medicine and school life around 1968 in Naho'e.