OLAC Record

se zókwasi
Contributor (researcher):Christian Döhler
Contributor (speaker):Abia Bai
Sitau Karémbu
Sékri Karémbu
Coverage:Papua New Guinea
Morehead District, Western Province
Description:This is set of recordings during a wedding feast in Rouku. The wedding took place between a woman of the Farem Sanḡara clan and a man of the Mérzér Mayawa clan. This was a pig feast, but it was a one-sided marriage as the groom's side did not give back a sister in exchange. Matters were further complicated by the fact that the bride was adopted actually both Sanḡara clans of Rouku were involved Farem and Mutherata Sanḡara. The groom/husband had been feeding a pig over the last 4-5 years for this event. All Mayawa families of both clans Mérzér and Mbani Mbani Mayawa contributed yams. In the week leading up to the event, both sides met and discussed how to distribute the pig. One half should go to the two Sanḡara clans and one half to the Mayawa clans. During the event the Mayawa side changed their plans and announced that will give the whole pig away. This is mostly the content of the recording tci20121019CDa-04.wav. The reason was that the Sanḡara side had invited far too many people. All the video material was taken during daylight. It involves the Sanḡara side bringing out the dance, i.e. dancing and singing whilst moving towards the dancing square. The audio mostly includes songs or discussions and public speeches that took place during and inbetween the dances. tci20121019CDa-04.wav is a special genre called se zókwasi bark language whereby se is bark that is burnt to light up the dancing ground. generally during a dance participants split into either hosts or guest. the former are called se kambe bark people and the latter are wath kambe dance people. the roles are clear. hosts are expected to provide food, drinks, tobacco. guests are expected to enterain and dance through the night. at times of rest, anybody mostly respected people from the host side may pick up a piece of bark. with a piece of bark torch in their hand, a man would walk in circles around the dancing square and deliver a speech. he is usually followed by some younger men. se zókwasi is a genre during which one is allow to publically accuse others of outstanding debts or mistake which they have one in the past. se zókwasi is often delivered in a rage; sometimes even when intoxicated by coconut wine although not too much in this case. in the file tci20121019CDa-04.WAV a respected older Mayawa man speaks first ABB, followed by the groom SIK and the groom's brother SKK. They explain to the Sanḡara side that the Mayawas are not willing to share the pig, but rather would like to give it all to the Sanḡara side. video recorded with a Canon XA10 with a shotgun microphone (Rode Videomic) audio recorded with Marantz PMD 661
Identifier (URI):https://hdl.handle.net/1839/00-0000-0000-001E-6D7B-A
Is Part Of:DoBeS archive : Morehead
Language:Wára; Kómnzo
Language (ISO639):tci
Publisher:The Language Archive, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Subject:Wára language
English language
Subject (ISO639):tci
Type (DCMI):Sound


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OaiIdentifier:  oai:www.mpi.nl:lat_1839_00_0000_0000_001E_6D7B_A
DateStamp:  2018-04-06
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Citation: Christian Döhler (researcher); Abia Bai (speaker); Sitau Karémbu (speaker); Sékri Karémbu (speaker). n.d. DoBeS archive : Morehead.
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Country: United KingdomPapua New Guinea
Area: EuropePacific

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