Folklore

The fairytale was recorded on March 1st 2009 at the kitchen table of Zoja Afanasevna Stepanova; we had sent away her daughter and grandson so that it was very nice and quiet. Only the collector was present. Zoja Afanasevna had written down the fairytale beforehand (in order to get it all right) and more or less read it off.
Zoja Stepanova tells a little fairy tale about 'Old man Bochilikan' and the fox who cheated him, and how Bochilikan's revenge turned the tips of hares' ears, and the tips of foxes' and snow partridges tails black.
KKK narrated two short fairy tales.
KKK first came to the flat where NA and BP are staying on a Sunday morning, after prior arrangement. However, it turned out that she felt uncomfortable speaking Even to two near-strangers, especially with a microphone and video camera, so we agreed that she would come again and bring an Even audience with her. She therefore came again on Monday evening, bringing three boys with her to whom she could tell some fairy tales. The boys sat opposite her at the kitchen table, and NA and BP sat off to the side. KKK was clearly very nervous during the recording, her audience notwithstanding. It was very quiet during the recording, though there might be some dog barking and a truck may have gone by; also, one of the boys coughed several times. The recording was done in mono with a Marantz recorder and a Sony handycam on videotape. The videofilm was transferred to the computer as .avi and later converted to mpeg2.
KKK narrated a legend about the origins of the Evens.
KKK first came to the flat where NA and BP are staying on a Sunday morning, after prior arrangement. However, it turned out that she felt uncomfortable speaking Even to two near-strangers, especially with a microphone and video camera, so we agreed that she would come again and bring an Even audience with her. She therefore came again on Monday evening, bringing three boys with her to whom she could tell some fairy tales. The boys sat opposite her at the kitchen table, and NA and BP sat off to the side. KKK was clearly very nervous during the recording, her audience notwithstanding. It was very quiet during the recording, though there might be some dog barking and a truck may have gone by; also, one of the boys coughed several times. The recording was done in mono with a Marantz recorder and a Sony handycam on videotape. The videofilm was transferred to the computer as .avi and later converted to mpeg2.
The recording took place on the morning of March 25th, 2009 in the office of the club. Only BP and PDN were present and it was very quiet. Petr Dmitrievich Neustroev, the narrator, is 68 years old. He has finished high school (srednee obrazovanie) and was trained as a carpenter, but worked as a horse and reindeer herder. He is a master in making sleds and lassos. His origins are from Tompo, both parents from Tompo, but he grew up on some mines (priiski) in the Verxojansk region, and has been living in Sebjan for 40 years. BP and PDN discussed what he would tell in Russian, then BP switched on the recording equipment and Petr Dmitrievich spoke. When he finished with one topic, BP paused the recording equipment; so there are different topics in one big file "Neustroev_PD_various", which BP cut into separate sound and video files: 1) Neustroev_PD_nimat – here, the clock on the wall can probably be heard ticking loudly, BP only noticed it when the recording was started, and when Petr Dmitrievich finished BP took it out of the room. The recording lasts circa 2 min; 2) Neustroev_PD_hewdjinek - about the Even summer solstice festival, nearly 4 min; 3) Neustroev_PD_migratory_cycle - about how a reindeer brigade moves, ~ 2min10; 4) Neustroev_PD_nimkan - about the big dipper star constellation – in the middle of this a boy came in, so his steps can be heard and how he opened the door, but Petr Dmitrievich shooed him away, so he interrupted his tale for that. It is about 5 min; 5) Neustroev_PD_bearhunt - about how he hunted a bear with his grandfather, a very lively narrative with gestures, nearly 6 min; 6) Neustroev_PD_Eveno_Bytantaj - about how he travelled to Eveno-Bytantaj by reindeer sled (and back?) all by himself. It lasts circa 7min30. Overall, it’s about 30 minutes of recording on the Marantz. Afterwards, BP unf Petr Dmitrievich went to his house and PDN showed BP a new sled he’d made and spoke about it in Even, explained how he makes it and such – BP recorded that only on video. There’s a lot of squeaking snow to be heard, and at one point a bunch of sparrows start chirping very loudly.

Citation

Brigitte Pakendorf and Natalia Aralova (2009 - 2010). Item "Folklore" in collection "Even". The Language Archive. https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-000F-2E79-3. (Accessed 2024-05-29)

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