DOBES Archive

In this session the consultant narrates the second part of the Marquesan creation myth.
This text is about the various matters of Chintang. It deals mainly about the history of ginger cultivation in Chintang. Krishna Maya Rai also talks about the migration trend of Chintang and compares the current Chintang with the past. She also talks about Jalpa Devi temple in brief and about her childhood as well.
In this session we hear the consultant sing a ruu (=traditional chant).
In this session the consultant explains how copra is produced. The video clip show the hut where coconut meat is smoked and dried. She explains all the details of the hut and its function with respect to copra production as well as the technique used to smoke and dry coconut meat.
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 contains the legend of a female spirit Moorieve seducing Hu'uti, a protagonist in Marquesan mythology.
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.
The whole story is about the friendship between a crab and farmer who used to meet everyday. The narrator describes very interestingly how the crab saves its friend's life.
In this session we hear a poem of Hio (see link for another poem of Hio).
This continuation of the Phagu spring ritual of Puma is celebrated outside the house. It is done compulsorily to offer phalamroŋ (sacred rice) and demanding the power and energy from the ancestors.
This is about an important Puma ritual in which a hen is sacrificed in the name of the phagu festival and ŋapoŋ has to perform this. The discourse gives an introduction, and describes the history, meaning and ways of performing the mangen ritual.
This song is about the feeling when leaving home.
This session contains the legend of Kena going down to Havaiki (Polynesian underworld) to meet his mother and siblings.
In this session the consultant explains several Marquesan elegies: "ue pahevaheva", "ue 'ee'ee'ee" and "ue ha'aneinei" (or: "ue ha'ava'a"). Some of them are sung by the consultant. The explanation is mainly ancedotal.
The history of Caudandi kings and unique works did by them are mentioned here. In addition to this, it is also mentioned about the Puma culture and general description of Puma.
In this session, the narrator tells the myth of Sumnima and her marriage with Paruhang. The interesting events that happened in their marriage process are described in detail.
On the occasion of the Phagu festival, Puma people dance and sing this song. However, in this session, the song was sung at home and it was not the occasion of the Phagu.
In this session the consultant sings a traditional song (ru'u).
In this session the consultant narrates the Hiva 'Oa version of the legend of Hina and 'Upe on the site of ancient paepae of Hina at Atuona (route towards Hanamenu). Hina and 'Upe are sister and brother of whom Hina is the favoured one by her parents because 'Upe is born as a bird ('upe -> indigenous grey pigeon (Ducula aurorae). When grown-up Hina decides to travel around on 'Upe's back.
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.