DOBES Archive

trick_lang2-MK
In this session two consultants converse in one of the Marquesan trick languages ('eo tepeteateo etc.). It is a trick language which originates from Hiva 'Oa in the South Marquesas.
Hae_toua-LK
In this session the consultant explains the function of the "Ha'etoua", a kind of public place reserved for the beauties of the valley of Hakau'i.
tao_ehi-TB
In this session the consultant explains how copra is produced. The video clip show the hut where coconut meat is smoked and dried. She explains all the details of the hut and its function with respect to copra production as well as the technique used to smoke and dry coconut meat.
Veh_Hanau-TB
In this session the consultant talks about the doings of Hanau, a goddess from the underworld or Havaiki. One of her interactions with the living is to make them asleep. The consultant explains how it was believed Hanau made people asleep at night.
warrior_track
In this session the consultant explains the old track of the warriors along the precipice of Hakau'i.
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).
trick_lang1-Ke
In this session the consultant talks in one of the Marquesan trick languages (uhi tua). She translates phrases in the trick language into North Marquesan. Talking in the trick language in this session only consists of single phrases.
toka_ika2-Ta
In this session the consultant explains on site how to find a certain fish bank on the ocean before the island of Ua Pou. The session is filmed in Hakamo'ui where two landmarks are important reference points.
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.
old_customs
In this session the consultants talk about old Marquesan customs and beliefs such as the role of beauty during courting, taboos towards women (canoe, walking over bodies etc.). During the session they talk about a specific place of courting at Hakau'i and its customs. Towards the end of the session they about the legend of Keikahanui and Paevao, the little sister of Keikahanui's wife.
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.
Expl_ruu-Mi
In this session the consultant explains the genre ruu and rari, i.e. when people composed these songs for what purposes etc.. Mostly they are created due to some major event or personality in a certain community (e.g. see ruu_Purut-Mi2 in which the arrival of the Germans on the Marquesas during the 1st World War is sung about). The consultant also explains certain phrases of a ruu or rari (mostly in a sort of Marquesan 'trick language' or tahitianised Marquesan)
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.
Mimi_o_Hina-MP
In this session the consultant shows and explains one of the important locations of the Hina legend (see link). The location by sea is characterised by a crevice/fissure along the rocks. The place is called Mimi-o-Hina "urine of Hina" because according to the legend Hina had urinated at that place and the urine was so strong that it split the rock apart.
eo_Taipi-Ke
In this session the consultant gives some sample phrases of the obsolete Taipi dialect (eo avaangi).
vaka-Hakaui
In this session the consultant talks about an ancient Marquesan canoe which had been taken to the museum at Papeari on Tahiti. The session is filmed on the site where the canoe was found/kept in former times.
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.