DOBES Archive

In this session the consultant tells a story of Tiu, a big warrior of Hiva 'Oa island (=South Marquesas). The story is accompanied by its rari which is an indigenous Marquesan song.
In this session the consultant talks about the paepae Pikivehine at Taioha'e (Nuku Hiva island).
In this session two consultants converse in one of the Marquesan trick languages ('eo hu'i). The session begins with a rari, an indigenous song.
In this document we see how the consultant catches Seegurke/limace de mer (oo'i) on a reef and prepares it to be eaten.
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.
In this session the consultants talk about the locations in connection with the legend/story of Tekioekaiei (see link). They also tell anecdotes about other former Marquesan personalities (Tetahu, Teikituupoko, Totio).
In this session the consultant sings the hahi, a traditional song, of Putio who was a big ancient Marquesan warrior of Naho'e. The content of the hahi is explained afterwards by the consultant.
In this session the consultant talks in one of the trick languages (eo Hapa'a). It is a free narration followed by a translation (kind of summary) into standard North Marquesan (see link for another example of this trick language).
In this session the consultant talks about various old fishing techniques used on the Marquesas. He also talks about the use of human bones to make fish hooks.
In this session we see the protest march on October 16, 2004 in Atuona. The march was organised to protest against the political overruling of France with respect to the political events of the last few weeks and months in French Polynesia. Parallel to the march on Hiva 'Oa was big march of 29.000 people on Tahiti which was led peacefully by the independence leader Oscar Temaru whose government was just brought to fall by a vote of confidence (initiated by former president Gaston Flosse). In this march they demonstrate for a dissolution of the French Polynesian government and new general election in French Polynesia. In this session we also hear several speeches of local people giving their opinions about the situation. The document shows the first large protest of this kind on Hiva 'Oa.
In this session the consultant explains the preparation of makiko, a sweet breadfruit cake.
The document shows how locals catch octopus. The consultant explains where to find octopus and the techniques how to catch and kill it. Two catches of octopus are filmed.
In this session the consultant shows and explains the old tohua (=public place) of the princess Vaekehu who reigned during the early contact period with the Europeans. On the same tohua we see the "stones of courtship" for couples to get accustomed to each other before marriage.
In this session the consultant shows the location of Hina's waterhole at Motopu (Tahuata). Hina is a Polynesian mythological figure (see link to Marquesan version of legend).
In this session the consultant talks in the Hiva 'Oa trick language.
In this session the consultant tells a story of Puti'o, a big warrior from the neighbouring valley of Naho'e. In this story Puti'o carries a large stone over the mountains to Naho'e
In this session the consultants talk about the site Upeke in Ta'a'oa (Hiva 'Oa).
In this session the consultant briefly explains the content of a song about christianisation (see link).
In this session the consultant sings a rari, an indigenous chant, about a woman whose husband cheats on her while she stays at home and he participates in a feast. The song is accompanied with explanations but not before the actual chant.