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Title Alor Dance at Matamatam, Nangananga
Description Video Casette#1: Various traditional dances (incl. Alor) performed at Matamatam at Nangananga.

The Matamatam is a special ceremony of feasting and traditional song and dance performances. Its mainly when honouring the deceased of clan members and acknowledging the ones living and other Tolai clans as arranged for the occasion.

There are a variety of traditional performances both by female groups and male groups. ending with the male "Alor" Dance.

The significance of the feasting is about sharing pork meat and a special type of banana called 'tukuru' - a short fat cooking banana with a grey colouring.

The Tolai folk songs and dancing have been a form of entertainment and spiritual enlightenment and performance. A song is known as "kakailai" and dance is "malagene". Composition of a song is called "pinipit" and the composer is known as "tena pinipit" or "tena buai".

The composers of songs related to dances are knowledgeable in choreography and composition of songs.

There are various types of song and dance based on life experiences, events, the environment, birds and animals, and human interactions.

Traditional Tolai songs and dances may be performed by both males and females together while others are restricted to one gender.

Traditional instrument used for beats, rhythm for the song and dance are kundu (hollow wooden drum with lizard skin), pakupak (slit bamboo) and tidir (bamboo or wooden sticks). The garamut (wooden slit drum) beaten by cane sticks and wooden stick depending on type or dance are mainly for tubuan or more special ceremonies.

The female performers have typical dances of "Wutung, Parpari, Patete" and male dancers perform "Kulau, Pinpidik, Perapere and Tabaran Alor".

(Steven Gagau, October 2019)
Origination date 1993-07-31
Origination date free form
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Michael Webb
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Region / village Nangananga, Kokopo, East New Britain Province
Originating university University of Sydney
Operator Jodie Kell
Data Categories song
Data Types MovingImage
Discourse type singing
Roles Various - Anonymous Various - Anonymous : performer
Steven Gagau : data_inputter
Michael Webb : recorder
DOI 10.26278/M4P5-EW66
Cite as Michael Webb (collector), Various - Anonymous Various - Anonymous (performer), Steven Gagau (data_inputter), Michael Webb (recorder), 1993. Alor Dance at Matamatam, Nangananga . MP4/MXF. MW6-057 at
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MW6-057-01.mp4 video/mp4 952 MB 01:00:30.570
MW6-057-01.mxf application/mxf 34.7 GB
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Collection Information
Collection ID MW6
Collection title Music in Rabaul, Gazelle Peninsula, ENBP and New Guinea Islands Region (ca. 1950s - 1990s)
Description Recordings of a wide range of music in Rabaul 1950s-1990s covering areas of the Gazelle Peninsula of East New Britain Province and the New Guinea Islands Region. This collection was the PhD research work by Dr Michael Webb focused on music of Melanesia in the Pacific. This collection was located as a result of PARADISEC's 'Lost and Found' project and digitisation was funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

Note: This video recording on Item MW6-012 labelled Queens Birthday Singsing, Rabaul in 1993 was unable to be digitised due to poor quality of tape so deleted from collection.
(Steven Gagau)
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Edit access Jodie Kell
Steven Gagau
Michael Webb
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Data access conditions Open (subject to agreeing to PDSC access conditions)
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