DOBES Archive

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.
Kinship Relations
The intricate kinship system of Ambrym comes with a number of rules which determine how people have to behave towards one another. Taboos hold mostly for those relatives who are eligible as in-laws (see the session about the marriage lineage). They range from a ban on jokes to forbidding a person to be in the same room with certain relatives.
VVSSA05APR1307
Description of fish species. The descriptions were elicited with picture cards of exemplars of the relevant species, prepared by Kate Holmes for this purpose. One purpose of this session was the elicitation of the Vera'a name for the species in question. These elicitations were undertaken in groups of four speakers, and in some cases, the description of a first speaker was amended by other speakers in the same recording.
VVSSA05APR1304
Description of fish species. The descriptions were elicited with picture cards of exemplars of the relevant species, prepared by Kate Holmes for this purpose. One purpose of this session was the elicitation of the Vera'a name for the species in question. These elicitations were undertaken in groups of four speakers, and in some cases, the description of a first speaker was amended by other speakers in the same recording.
Wano Stone
The sand drawing was designed by the performer FT himself. It represents a certain rock in the sea and the story of its origin.