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Title:A Migration Story: The Khabisows
Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh
Contributor (consultant):Nima Jebisow
Contributor (recorder):Dorjee K. Jebisow
Contributor (researcher):Vijay D'Souza
Description:Nutsow Khabisow, the oldest living member of the Khabisow clan narrates the migration story of the Khabisows. Migration stories are clan-specific, and each client prefers their story to be narrated by elders belonging to their own clan. Elders generally hesitate to narrate migration stories of other clans for fear of dispute and acrimony. One can notice in this story the typical formulaic structure of migration mythology. It starts with then opening formula which is a prayer to sky and earth and other powers of nature to watch over the narrator as he recites the story and correct him should he make mistakes. Careless and mistaken narrations are to be avoided at all costs since they can invite curse and be lethal to the narrator. after the opening formula the narrator usually proceeds to the origins of the clan and then to the migration to the present place. The linguistic style is semi-poetic. The vocabulary is what is called the 'zegow', the solemn language which only the elders can fully comprehend. Younger people are fascinated by its rhythm and beauty. There is a general regret in the younger generation that they no longer understand the language of these myths. However, not many are learning it and therefore, this is an art that is dying quickly.
Son of Güzamo (from Yayung) and the late Norbu Jebisow, husband of Kejang Jebisow (previously married to Sarsom Jebisow), and father of 9 children (inc. Anu Jebisow). Nima is a village-level political leader (currently a member of Anchal Samiti) Original village: Buragaon
Born in Karnataka, India. Working in Northeast India as a Jesuit since 1999. Involved with Hrusso Aka orthography development and language support since 1999, having learned the language at Palizi while teaching. Currently doing a DPhil (PhD) in linguistics at the University of Oxford, UK (Thesis: A Grammar of Hrusso Aka). Founder and leader of the Hrusso Literature Team, formed in 2017.
Son of Wangdi and the late Tasing Dema 'Grasüm' Jebisow (née Delusow), recently married to Mareena. A member of the Aka (Hrusso) Literatue Team, formed in 2017, under the leadership of Vijay D'Souza. Original village: Buragaon, now resident at Kimi.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1195438%23
Publisher:Vijay D'Souza
University of Oxford
oral history
English language
Hruso language
Hindi language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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DateStamp:  2018-11-05
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Citation: Nima Jebisow (consultant); Vijay D'Souza (researcher); Dorjee K. Jebisow (recorder). 2016-02-24. Vijay D'Souza.
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