DOBES Archive

Presents brought by 146, the chief, from a local politician, and presents brought by the researcher Sebastian Drude to the village, are distributed. For details see description of media file.
Men (including the researcher SD) dancing the jawari dance.
SD accompanies 4 Awetí in two canoes on a trip on the Tuatuarí. In the other canoe there are the head of house 118, his wife 121, and a young woman, 081. In SD's canoe the 'driver' is the young man 143. They enter into the net of canals and swamps where the burití-palms grow and collect the fruits that have already fallen and are floating on the water, otherwise being eaten by fish. Several explanations by 118 and 121 could be transcribed. For more details of individual scenes see the description of the media-file.
The session shows SD, SR and several young Awetí men and women going by bicycle to the salt lake where they want to film how the Awetí collect, dry and burn a water plant. From the ashes of this plant salt is made. Salt is the traditional product primarily made by the Awetí and used for trading with goods of the other Xingu people.
The principal objective of the video recording was to capture the lunar eclipse, whereas the audio recording aimed at capturing the conversation going on in the village centre during the event.
This session is meant as a selection of ressources that contain scenes of reviling (taunting, vilifying) of the 'enemy' (also women, cousins, individuals) symbolized by the Jawarí straw puppet. These ressources belong also to other sessions. The reviling is a special speech style and should be transcribed and further studied. The session is still under construction.
The recording shows the first and the second Jawari dance at day-time. The boys and men in full ornament start their dancing cerimony inside a house and continue their performance in the village centre. After that there is the ritual of throwing arrows at a puppet.
The session shows various events marking the end of the Jawari celebration: the departure of the Nahukua community members by bicycle who had been participating in the Awetí Jawari celebration, the destruction of the Jawari puppet by Awetí children, Awetí men eating at the men's house and the burning of the remainders of the Jawari puppet.
146 is building a temporary house. Earlier he had collected palm leafs and had piled them for drying. Here he prepairs the dry leafs for transport to his house in construction. His family transports the leafs by foot or by bycicle from the small haven to the village. 146's new house will substitute the large house built by the whole community that designated him as the main chief. For details see description of media-files.
042 has brought corn from his field. He offers a part of it to the community. The clips show men in the village center distributing corn cobs to different families, prepairing a fire and rosting corn cobs (in the leafs) and eating corn in front of the (rudimental) men's hut. Several casual dialogues could be transcribed. For more details see the caption of the 3 clips.
In this session the Awetí men perform a ritual of swearing at the Jawari puppet. The ritual is carried out in the morning.
The recording shows a Jawari dancing performance. After that two women carry a cattle to the village centre to provide the Jawari performers with food/drink (mani'oky). what follows is the Jawari ritual, carried out by men, of verbally insulting a straw puppet representing an adversary.
Audio recordings of conversations between several men during their rehearsal with takwara fluits.
147 fetches pequi polp in the haven. The yellow pequi polp is stored below the water in big bags (today also of plastic). It is used to add it to drinking water and to some type of manioc bread. She takes out a small portion for the next two days, closes the bag and deposits it back below th water.
The session contains the preparation of propulsors for the Jawari celebration by several Awetí men.
The recording shows a dance from house to house, performed by Nahukua men.
The session contains Jawari performances of dancing and singing which took place at night.