DOBES Archive

In this session it is shown how fermented breadfruit is made which serves as a basis of many traditional Marquesan dishes (e.g. 'popoi'). It shows old and newer techniques of traditional maa-preparation. In former times, 'maa' "fermented breadfruit" was fermented and stored in large earth pits. In this documentation the fermentation and storage of breadfruit was undertaken in a recipient made out of plaited coconut leaves and banana leaves. The basic process of making fermented breadfruit remained to be the traditional way (process of ripening and peeling breadfruits etc.). In this session it was also documented how to plait coconut leaves generally explaining three different techniques used for different purposes. The documentary also depicts traditional tool-making made out of shells for peeling ripened breadfruits.
This describes the doings of the spirit Makeka on Nuku Hiva island. Makeka was said to be a so-called 'veinehae', a spirit or ancestor god who protected the hunters on To'ovi'i plateau and in Nuku Ataha. After the hunt at sunset, people had to put meat offerings for Makeka on trees. The next day these offerings were gone according to the narrator. (see also 'Makeka-Mi')
Legend of Uhikauaiki who was first sexually abused and later on intended to be eaten by two old women cannibals from Havaiki, the underworld in Polynesian cosmology. Uhikauaiki manages to outfox the two old cannibal women, Viti and Vato, and escapes from them to their great frustration.
This session shows the fabrication of a "tohemaha" (lit. 'four corner') basket with leaves of a coconut frond. The basket is fabricated with very fine strings of coconut leaves which are still connected to a stem of the coconut frond. The whole procedure is documented with explanations by the consultant.
This session show the environment of the lagoon with various activities (fishing, various locations for fishing with place names.
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).
Document describes and shows preparation of the medicinal uses of ginger. It particularily describes the effects for women after child-birth and when menstruating.
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.
Document on the preparation of an indigenous cake or pudding made out of green unripe bananas. The document shows two ways of preparing the cake/pudding.
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.
This session shows the haveke tini ("capsized canoe") figure of the old game of string figures, a game which was played in several parts of Polnesia. Consultant gives verbal explanation of the steps. In this session does not succeed in making the string figure, but shows several attempts to reconstruct knowledge of how to do the string figure haveke tini ("capsized canoe") as the figure is complicated. The string figure is made with a fabricated (imported) string or band.
This text explain briefly some birth rites, namely what Marquesans did with the umbilical cord after birth giving.
In this session the consultant repeats the lyrics and songs of the games (cf. jeu3, jeu4).
This short session explains words in the Hina poem in which Hina escapes on a turtle (see link)
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 short session explains further words in the Hina poem in which Hina escapes on a turtle (see link)
Brief explanation of matira fishing technique.
This is the legend of 'Ono, an important Marquesan warrior. The consultant narrates the second part of the legend.