DOBES Archive

Rachel Nimilga talks about the fact that children are missing out on learning what she considers to be key aspects of her culture. She points out the differences between her childhood, and the way children grow up today.
Length: 8:00 min The speaker talks about the last rainy season. She wanted to go to the country after her sons, so she gave the yucca field to her older sister to take care of it. The rain had flooded everything.
The speaker recites a poem, written herself.
First, DC is asked to comment on different motion events exemplified with toys. Afterwards, imagining two children playing hide and seek, sentences on topological relations are elicited. Finally, DC and F make an imaginary travel in which they find a precious stone. In this story sentences with 'putting in' and 'taking out' are elicited., Primero, se pide a DC describir varios eventos de moción, basados en los juguetes. Después, imaginando dos niños jugando y escondiendose, se elicita frases de relaciones topológicas. Al final, DC y F inventan una historia sobre un viaje imaginario en lo cual hallan una piedra preciosa. En esta historia se elicita frases con 'poner en' y 'sacar de'.
The informant demonstrates how to get the inner layer of the bark of the aerial root of a Banyan tree which is used for making a two ply string.
DN talks about being stranded on an island because his canoe floated away
The speaker recites a poem, written herself.
In this session, different verb forms for "to die", "to drown", "to starve" and "to kill" are elicited.
Roots of the lemeotir tree
This story is about a woman who puts her newborn son under the roots of a tree and gives him a root to suck on, knowing that it will keep him alive. The boy grows and when he is old enough, he makes himself a bow and arrows and goes to shoot some birds. He wants to bring them as a present to his mother and sings a song as he walks to her place. When his mother hears him, she knows it's her son, but her own mother does not believe her. Finally, the son arrives with the fowl and they celebrate their reunion.
The owner of the dogs
The story is about a man who loves his dogs very much. One day when he takes them to the jungle, they get lost following some animal. The man is very sad and follows them. He finds them at the place where the owner of the dogs lives. The Yurakaré people believe that every living being has an owner who takes care of them. The dogs also have an owner. The man asks the owner of the dogs to give his dogs back to him. After some discussion the owner of the dogs gives the dogs back to the man, with the condition that he must take good care of them. The owner of the dogs offers the man to call his canoe to take him over the river to get back to his house. He calls the canoe, which turns out to be a caiman. The owner of the dogs warns the man not to answer when the caiman asks him to call it names, since it will eat him if he answers. The caiman departs, taking the man and his dogs with him. At one point, the caiman asks the man to call it names, to call it caiman of the swollen eyes. The man is afraid and does not answer. He arrives safely at the other side of the river, goes to shore and walks away. After some time, he climbs a tree and calls out: "Caiman of the swollen eyes!" The caiman hears that and comes running to eat him. It can smell him and smashes the tree he is standing on. The man quickly hangs his shirt onto the tree and climbs up another tree. The caiman only gets to bite his shirt, thinking that it is eating the man. When it is done it goes away, satisfied. Safe, the man can finally take his dogs home., Un cuento sobre un hombre que quiere mucho a sus perros. Un día, sus perros se pierden en el monte, siguiendo a un animal. El hombre está muy triste y los sigue. Los encuentra en el lugar donde vive el dueño de los perros. Los Yurakaré creen que cada ser viviente tiene su dueño que lo cuida. Los perros también tienen su dueño. El hombre le pide al dueño de los perros que se los devuelva sus perros. Después de una discusión, se los devuelve, con la condición que el hombre tiene que cuidarlos bien. El dueño le ofrece al hombre llamar a su canoa para que lo lleve al otro lado del río para que pueda llegar a su casa. La canoa del dueño de los perros es un caimán. El dueño de los perros les dice al hombre que no debe contestarle al caimán cuando le pide que lo critique (al caimán), porque si lo contesta lo va a comer. El caimán lo lleva y después de un rato le pide que lo llame caimán de los ojos hinchados. El hombre está asustado y no contesta. Así llegan al otro lado del río, y el hombre se baja y se va. Después de un rato, se sube a un árbol y grita: 'Caimán de los ojos hinchados!' En seguida viene corriendo el caimán para comerlo al hombre. El caimán quiebra el árbol en que el hombre está parado con su cola. El hombre rapidito cuelga su camisa en el árbol y se sube a otro árbol. El caimán está mordiendo su camisa, pensando que está comiendo al hombre. Después de un rato se va satisfecho. Sano y salvo, el hombre puede regresar a su casa con sus perros.