DOBES Archive

MaryAyres-Tapes
Audio recordings of stories (mostly secular, sometimes comic/bawdy) in numerous dialects/languages from two language groups in the Morehead District, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. Recorded by Mary Ayres, Ph.D. during doctoral research conducted in 1979 - 1981. Translations (but not transcriptions) into English provided by local informants who were native speakers of the dialect.
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This is recording of a dance that took place in the hamlet of Thamnḡakar (GPS: -8.62567 141.61135). There were two dancing groups, one from Mibini and one from Rouku/Firra. These groups travelled to Thamnḡakar and prepared, practised and dressed up just outside the settlement. The first part of the footage captures "thaifakési wath" ("bringing the dance out in the open to the dance ground"). The later recording are taken after the ritual arrival of the dancers at the dancing ground. Dancer stands in line forming a U shape. The dancers split along several lines: woman and children stand in the middle and men on outside. Men with drums stand either at the centre of the U shape (called "embar kambe" - "head men") or they stand at either end of the U shape (called "ker kambe" - "tail men"). Each vers/stanza of particular song is initiated with the "embar kambe" and then travels to the "ker kambe". after a verse the U shape splits up and the dance walk across to the other end of dancing ground, realign to form a U shape and repeat the verse. Then the next song started. The footage is from the early stages of the dance while daylight allowed shooting video. The dance went on through the night until daybreak with some half-hour breaks inbetween.