OLAC Record

Title:Two tales of the Atarki treemen
Contributor (recorder):Joseph
Contributor (researcher):Joseph
Contributor (translator):Paul
Coverage:Papua New Guinea
Description:Paul tells two folktales about the atarki, a humanoid creature with a two dimensional head that dwells in fig trees in the jungle. In the first story, two friends set a trap to catch a wild pig. They go check the trap, kill the pig, and prepare the body to be carried back. It turns out that an atarki impersonated one of the two men, and the other one starts to notice he's acting strangely. The Chini man lets his strange behavior slide as they prepare the pig's body, but then things get even stranger when the atarki man cuts up the pig using only his fingernails. The two then burn the pig's bones on the atarki man's insistence. The atarki starts eating the meat and leaves the bones for the man. The two fight for a while, until finally the Chini man plays dead. The atarki starts to pile dry materials on the man's body to cook him and eat him, but the man gets up and puts taro leaves down, and runs away. The atarki tracks him through the jungle up until the edge of the village. The men then tells the story to his fellow villagers. In the second story (beginning at [00:10:30]), an atarki man kidnaps a Chini woman and impregnates her. She gives birth and later runs away while out on an errand and returns back to her village. The atarki man finds out and kills the baby. Meanwhile, as the woman recounts her capture to her fellow villagers, they make a plan to set fire to the tree. They do so and nearly all the atarki die, except for the atarki man who had kidnapped the woman as well as his sister. They jump off the last remaining branch as he sings a song "in the middle of Bakɨndɨ territory". They fall into a crab's hole and survive, emerging eventually in the Keram. Audio duration [00:18:30]
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1226400%23
Akrukay language
English language
Tok Pisin language
Subject (ISO639):afi


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1226400
DateStamp:  2019-03-11
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Search Info

Citation: Paul; Paul (translator); Anton (translator); Joseph (researcher); Joseph (recorder); Joseph; Shannon; Shannon; Dorothy (translator). 2016-01-27. Endangered Languages Archive.
Terms: area_Europe area_Pacific country_GB country_PG iso639_afi iso639_eng iso639_tpi

Inferred Metadata

Country: United KingdomPapua New Guinea
Area: EuropePacific

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