DOBES Archive

Document on preparation of medication which cleans the interior of the body; the taking of the medicine involves complex eating taboos and a purification with cooked coconut milk (tiheke_epa-Ti) which causes diarrhoea and finally purifies the body (also from some of the toxic plants used for this medication).
This session shows a video clip of the interpretation of the verbal kae "cut off tree bark with a knife".
Brief explanation of matira fishing technique.
Short comment on how to use plant medicine and their social restrictions. Consultant talks about her mother's work as a "healer" in Marquesan society.
Document on how to use plants for skin treatment; with these plants unpleasant body smells are removed for a long time (kind of deodorising). The document further explains with the basis of the same plant combination how to make a paste to protect the skin against sunburns.
This sessions explains some usages of the kuku (Suriana maritima) and mikimiki trees (Pemphis acidula).
This session show how hermit crabs are removed from their Technique of removing hermit crabs from their protecting seashells in which they dwell constantly until grown too big in size. It also shows how the removed hermit crab is used for fishing (fishing technique).
This session has documented the song of the kariga (fou?) bird.
Document shows how to make fresh octopus meat tender.
This session shows the "rerere" figure of the old game of string figures, a game which was played in several parts of Polnesia.
This session contains the old Polynesian legend of Kae (Marquesan version); Kae is eaten by a shark which takes him to the mythical island of Vainoki where he cuts himself open with a shark tooth; only women live on Vainoki who do not know men and fertilise themselves by the roots of the panadanus tree; the women only give birth to girls by a caesarean by which the mothers die; Kae ends this cruel custom by showing them how to give birth naturally.
Example sentence which includes the marquesan word 'oā'a (find or discover sth. without having looked or searched for it).
This session explains some usages of the gapata plant in the material culture of the Tuamotu islands. The session was filmed on Napuka island. The document has a corresponding explanation in the Napuka dialect (cf. gapata)