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Puaputoka-Ho
Short narrative about Puaputoka, a chief from Ua Pou who goes to visit Hiva Oa. There he learns that Kanatete was eaten due to revenge the death of someone of a Hiva 'Oa tribe who had been eaten by an Ua Pou tribe
Putio-Mok
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.
Bill bear movies
The raconteur talked about his experience with the film industry. He concentrated on the description of how he got down to participate in movies. Besides this he spoke about the type of character Indians usually embody in such movies.
nunu_heke-Mf
Document which shows the preparation of octopus meat before deep-freezing it.
makiko-Mf
In this session it is shown how makiko "breadfruit cake" is made. Makiko is made out very ripe and sweet breadfruit mixed with coconut milk. Traditional techniques are explained, but prepared in a modern setting (western-style kitchen). This Marquesan dish is very rarely prepared nowadays. It used to be the diet of toddlers and young children in former times. Because the makiko keeps for a longer time it was also used for longer voyages on sea., In this session it is shown how 'maakiko' "breadfruit cake" is made. Maakiko is made out very ripe and sweet breadfruit mixed with coconut milk. Traditional techniques are explained, but prepared in a modern setting (western-style kitchen). This Marquesan dish is very rarely prepared nowadays. It used to be the diet of toddlers and young children in former times. Because the maakiko keeps for a longer time it was also used for longer voyages on sea.
Nuku_Papa2-Tea
In this session the consultant narrates the second part of the Marquesan creation myth.
Edu96Fish
Explanation about types of fish of the Xingu area.
viihoa-Ti
Document on how to treat haemorrhoids (preparation of medicine with plants). Additional complementary treatments are explained, but the procedure is not shown in this video document.
ruu_Purut-Mi2
In this session the consultant sings a ruu about the arrival of the Germans on Nuku Hiva during the 1st World War.
rari_Kuee1-Mi
This is a tradional Marquesan song (rari/ru'u) which sings about the happenings in the Kueenui legend (see link). In the legend of Kueenui, the "big eel", Kueenui, dwelling on Nuku Hiva in the river of Taipivai, meets Kueeiti, the "small eel" from Hanavave on Fatu Iva. After having tasted the food of Kueenui, Kueeiti suggests to go to Fatu Iva where there is much more delicious and nice smelling food. They leave for Fatu Iva. When arriving at Hanavave (Fatu Iva) Kueenui, actually quite large in size cannot swim up to Kueeiti's water hole. He gets stuck in the river bed and the water consequently does not flow down to the village of Hanavave anymore. Puzzled by this the Hanavave people go to have a look what is going on. They find the big eel and kill him. Kueeiti manages to escape to the sea.
tao_ehi-TB
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.
rari_vehine-Mi
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.
ruu2-Mit
In this session the consultant sings a traditional song (ru'u).
ruu_Teii-Mi
Indigenous ru'u chant singing about a local called Tei'i of the Ho'oumi community (Nuku Hiva). The language used in ru'u chant is similar to the Marquesan secret languages. A ru'u was often composed after a significant event in the community. The ru'u therefore had some "moral" view on the event.
fee-MP
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.
Pakoka-Et-NH
Story about old evil ancestral spirits of consultant's family; explanation of role of Christian belief
Hina-Tei-MP
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.
vai_noni-Ta
In this session it is shown how juice of the noni fruit is made. This is a new and personalised technique of the consultant, no wide-spread or traditional technique throughout the Marquesas. The noni-plant was and is still used for traditional plant medicine. Because of its healing powers discovered by foreign commercial pharmacists for themselves in recent years, it has not only been commercialised in the outside world, but it has also become a popular natural medication for the indigenous population. The noni-fruit has also become one of the major cash crops in the Marquesas.
deerhunt
a short story about hunting deer
Kie-Va
story/legend of the warrior Kie from Hakamaii (Ua Pou island); narrates about the warfare with warriors from another Marquesan island (Hiva 'Oa)