The Language Archive

030 saw the Awetí-Kuarup-98 film several times and was then asked to comment the film while watching it (without sound). He mostly describes what he sees, or what he identifies to be happening, but he does not give an explanation proper. There are long pauses, and the collector (Sebastian Drude) sometimes asks to continue descibing what is going on.
Presents brought by 146, the chief, from a local politician, and presents brought by the researcher Sebastian Drude to the village, are distributed. For details see description of media file.
Men (including the researcher SD) dancing the jawari dance.
The session consists of a story/ part of a story told by 157 who is the most prestigious story-teller of the Awetí community. ###
083 tells a historical narrative. ###
157 tells the story of Mawutini and Manioc.
083 tells a historical narrative. ###
157 was asked to tell any myth in Awetí. He chose to tell the central myth of the region, the myth of creation and the cultural hero Mamutini and his followers (e.g., the twins sun and moon).
The session shows images of the Waura village which SD visited after the Kwarup at the Yawalapiti.
SD accompanies 4 Awetí in two canoes on a trip on the Tuatuarí. In the other canoe there are the head of house 118, his wife 121, and a young woman, 081. In SD's canoe the 'driver' is the young man 143. They enter into the net of canals and swamps where the burití-palms grow and collect the fruits that have already fallen and are floating on the water, otherwise being eaten by fish. Several explanations by 118 and 121 could be transcribed. For more details of individual scenes see the description of the media-file.
The first part of the session shows the arrival of three Yawalapiti moretás (messengers) at the Awetí village to invite the community to the Kwarup on the occasion of the death of Paru, most powerful shaman of the Alto Xingu and father of the present Yawalapiti chief. The reception of the inviters in the village centre is highly ritualized. The second part shows the ritual scratching of the young men who are going to be the huka-huka fighters at the Yawalapiti Kwarup. This procedure is regarded a means to fortify the men for the fight. Part 3 shows Sebastian, Teacher and other members of the Awetí community on their way to the Yawalapiti village by bicycle. They arrive at the new settlement where Waranaku's parents live together with several other family-members. After that they continue their ride until arriving at the Posto Leonardo (health post) where a group of Guaraní (special guests to the Kwarup) dance and sing on a stage (part 4). Part 5 shows the arrival of the Awetí at the Yawalapiti village, where they are given food by the pareat/ moretá (the person who invited them) who is responsible for their group. He also leads them to their night camp outside the village which he has prepared for them. Part 6 shows the Awetí at their night camp at dawn preparing for the Kwarup. They paint each other/ themselves with body-paint and put on their ornament. Part 7 shows the male Xingu population performing a dance in a big circle in the Yawalapiti village centre to initiate the the huka-huka fight. Part 8 shows the beginning of the huka-huka cerimony, followed by individual huka-huka fights between the contestants of the communities (continuing in part 9 and 10). The fighting is organized group-wise, i.e. the contestants of two ethnic groups fight against each other at a time. Part 11 shows different cerimonies at the end of a Kwarup celebration: Goods are exchanged between the different ethnic groups and there is the dance of the flute-players, accompanied by the girls who are just released from reclusion. ###
The session shows pictures of the Awetí village. A turn on all houses of the village. 001 and SR sit in the front of the house. 146 arrives with manioc starch and is received by members of his family. 003 and 005 play around in front of the guest house. SR arrives with pequi.
View of the village in 2001. Some people are burning their fields behind their houses, one fire is particularly close. Good pictires of the village and the visitor's house.
The session consists of a story/ part of a story told by 157 who is the most prestigious story-teller of the Awetí community. ###
086 takes SX with him to a fishing trip. 1: 086 prepairs himself with help of his father 083. 2: 086 and 087 leave to Tsalawa, long fishing scenes, he catches a fish. 3: long fishing scenes, he catches a fish. 4: from outside of the canoe and lagoon, at Tsalawa.
The session shows SD, SR and several young Awetí men and women going by bicycle to the salt lake where they want to film how the Awetí collect, dry and burn a water plant. From the ashes of this plant salt is made. Salt is the traditional product primarily made by the Awetí and used for trading with goods of the other Xingu people.
083 tells a historical narrative. ###
083 tells a historical narrative. ###