DOBES Archive

In this session the consultant tells one of the stories connected with the big warrior Putio from Hiva 'Oa.
In this short session the consultant explains the two songs she has sung before (see "ruu1-Mit" and "ruu2-Mit"). She recounts the lyrics of the song.
In this session we see how a medicine for infants is prepared out of plants and crabs. The end product is a cooked coconut oil with plant ingredients which is used for purification purposes, in particular when the infant suffers from diarrhoea and stomach trouble.
In this session the consultant makes links to other Polynesian cultures (in particular the Tuamotuan) and their myths. It is also discussed about additional connections with Hina in sayings and natural phenomena.
In this session the consultant talks about his employment at the CEP at Mururoa during the 1960s and 1970s. He also describes changement of life for the local population since the installation of the CEP (=Centre d'Expérimentation du Pacifique), the atomic testing ground in French Polynesia.
In this session the consultant talks about life on the Marquesas before modernisation set in in the 1960s and 1970s. He talks in particular about birth-giving, plant medicine and school life around 1968 in Naho'e.
In this session the consultant gives some additional information about the legend of 'Ono (see link). The conversation leads to a general discussion about several Marquesan dances (ori pahaka, ori manu) and about feasts and dances in general, and about signs in nature (tapa'o) and their interpretation.
In this session the consultants tell about the visit of an American priest to Naho'e from where his ancestors originally came.
In this session the consultant talks about how he had learnt the trick language (see link).
In this session the consultant briefly narrates about Puti'o who was a big Marquesan warrior from Naho'e, the consultant's home valley. The consultant mainly tells about Puti'o's carrying of the large stone from Moto'ua - a neighbouring valley - over the mountains to Naho'e (see link).
In this session the consultants talk about how the dancers were prepared for the feasts. They talk in particular how the body was treated with oils and kurkuma to make it soft and colour it. The talk also in general about different skin treatments (paku).
This is an addition to the story of the visit of the American priest at Nahoe (see link).
This is one of the stories of the big warrior Puti'o of Hiva 'Oa. It describes his end at Puama'u when his head was smashed into many pieces. There is a stone with which Marquesans used to make fire was said to be - according to that legend - the skull of Puti'o. This stone/crystall is only found on two terrains in Puama'u.
In this session the consultant tells the story of the female spirit Tapu - incorporated as a woman - from Havaiki. Tapu interacts with the people of Hanapa'a'oa at Hiva 'Oa.
In this session we see a radio emission at Atuona (Hiva 'Oa) on October 15, 2004 in which the current political situation in French Polynesia was discussed. In the radio emission we hear different opinions from all political camps. The emission and the march a day after (October 16) was a peaceful protest against the doings of France in handling the fall of the formerly elected independenist party led by Oscar Temaru by a vote of confidence initiated by the former president Gaston Flosse. The march and emission was also a call for the dissolution of the French Polynesian government for new general elections.
The consultant tells a story about a "living" tiki at Vaipuha (next to Motopu, Tahuata) which was taken when people went fishing. He was supposed to make them catch a lot of fish. The story is about breaking certain taboos and its consequences.
In this session the consultants talks about the stone of Puti'o (see link).
In this session the consultant explains how they used to make fire with certain stones.
In this session the legend of Makai'anui is told by consultants from Hanapa'a'oa. The pig Makai'anui was said from Hanapa'a'oa, and it is talked about specific places connected with the legend and the pig. The story is told collaboratively.
In this session the consultants talk about warriors of Hiva 'Oa (e.g. Tiu). They also talk about the tribe Upeke (ati Upeke) which came from Fatu Iva to Hiva 'Oa.