DOBES Archive

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.
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).
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.
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.
In this session the consultants talk about the stone of Huuti on Hiva 'Oa. Huuti was a man possessed by spirits (kaikaia/veinehae).
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.
This is the legend of 'Ono, an important Marquesan warrior. The consultant narrates the second part of the legend.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this session the consultant gives some additional information about the legend of 'Ono (see link). The conversation leads to a general discussion about several Marquesan dances (ori pahaka, ori manu) and about feasts and dances in general, and about signs in nature (tapa'o) and their interpretation.
In this session the consultants tell about the visit of an American priest to Naho'e from where his ancestors originally came.
In this session the consultant talks about how he had learnt the trick language (see link).
In this session the consultants talk about how the dancers were prepared for the feasts. They talk in particular how the body was treated with oils and kurkuma to make it soft and colour it. The talk also in general about different skin treatments (paku).
This is an addition to the story of the visit of the American priest at Nahoe (see link).
This is one of the stories of the big warrior Puti'o of Hiva 'Oa. It describes his end at Puama'u when his head was smashed into many pieces. There is a stone with which Marquesans used to make fire was said to be - according to that legend - the skull of Puti'o. This stone/crystall is only found on two terrains in Puama'u.
In this session we see a radio emission at Atuona (Hiva 'Oa) on October 15, 2004 in which the current political situation in French Polynesia was discussed. In the radio emission we hear different opinions from all political camps. The emission and the march a day after (October 16) was a peaceful protest against the doings of France in handling the fall of the formerly elected independenist party led by Oscar Temaru by a vote of confidence initiated by the former president Gaston Flosse. The march and emission was also a call for the dissolution of the French Polynesian government for new general elections.
The consultant tells a story about a "living" tiki at Vaipuha (next to Motopu, Tahuata) which was taken when people went fishing. He was supposed to make them catch a lot of fish. The story is about breaking certain taboos and its consequences.
In this session we see how pandanus leaves are treated for all sorts of plaiting (mats, baskets, hats etc.). The whole process of preparing, i.e. drying and whitening the pandanus leaves is shown and explained in detail. It is not clear whether the use of pandanus leaves for plaiting traditionally belongs to the Marquesan material culture or whether it has been copied from other islands in the last decades. Linton (1923: 381) claims that pandanus leaves are not traditionally used in the Marquesan material culture.