DOBES Archive

Ndole and Plantain
The recording describes the preparation of Ndole and plantain, which is a common dish among the Isubu, but also in the wider region. Ndole is a type of green leaf/vegetable, which is also called bitter leaf. Plantain is a type of banana that is either cooked or fried.
On this recording, the preparation of sniffing tobacco and ripe plantains are explained.
The preparation of different dishes is explained on the recording: the preparation of pap, Koki corn and the drying of corn.
The preparation of different dishes is described: the preparation of starch, Miondo, Waterfufu, Koki Cassava, steamed fish, Masoma, cassava with plum and the drying and cooking of crayfish (with palm nut soup).
Anecdote mermaid
KM describes how she saw a mermaid, when she was a child.
three stories
The file is composed of three independent stories. The first is about a lizard and a dog and explains, why lizards shake their heads. The second story is about the wisdom of the tortoise who borrows money from his friend, a pig, and later uses a trick not to repay the money. This story also offers an explanation why pigs dig the ground with their noses. The third story is again about the wisdom of the tortoise. The tortoise and his friend, the dog, were stealing food for their children. When the tortoise was caught, it used a trick to escape.
Brief description of the selling of land and settlement of strangers in the Isubu villages. The recording is not fully transcribed and translated but only the beginning.
This recording was made in the family house of EL. EL describes the rites performed after the death of a spouse.
Brief description of regulations after a divorce concerning the brideprice and child custody.
Brief description of the tradition "knock-door" preceding traditional marriages among the Isubu, where the bride price is negotiated and the required presents brought for the families. This recording followed a discussion on the topic in CPE and English.
Brief description of rites a number of Isubu perform after the birth of a child in the town Buea, Mokpe area. This recording followed a discussion on the topic in CPE and English.
Brief description of the the reception of guests by the Isubu people. This recording followed a general discussion on settlement patterns and immigrants from other ethnic groups in the Isubu villages. This discussion was mainly done in English.
Female duties
JEn describes the daily duties and routines of a woman in Isubu like sweeping or cooking, i.e. how a day generally looks like.
Brief description of the process of making a broom that is used to sweep in and around the house. It is made of the ribs of palm leaves, whcih are cleared and tied into a bundle. The recording was made spontaneously while observing the process.
KM describes how fish was dried in the villages in former times. This is no longer practised today - the fish is either sold to traders directly, kept in deep freezers or smoked.
main occupations of the Isubu,when CY and ETA were younger like fishing,smoking of fish and trading
CY and ETA tell personal stories of their lives, for example on a journey of CY to Nigeria, the first women's day celebrated in Cameroon, stories about friendships and marriage.
Autobiography JEN
JEN describes her first marriage.