Item details
Item ID
RL1-009
Title Legends and Myths, Singing and Stringband sounds
Description Storytelling of Legends and Myths of tribal history and how the village came to existence with sounds of the Cone Shells. Singing of Prophet song in Motu (meu) and Stringband sounds and singing calling out to spirit world and past generations for protection and prosperity.

The collection item is typical and represents the various communities across the Trobriand Islands. Updated Title, Description and Subject/Content languages and new role of user in Grace Hull as translator and language assistant.

Storytelling of Legends and Myths of tribal history and how the village came to existence with sounds of the Cone Shells. Singing of Prophet song in Motu (meu) brought in by missionaries on christianity which also involves dancing and Stringband sounds, singing in Kilivila (kij) and dancing celebrating their achievements.

The story is about Tudava, who saved his tribe in the hands of (Dokanikani (a man eat being) and how he killed the Dokanikani and how his tribe paid respect towards him, by giving him young women as his wives. Which he accepts but refuses with all other precious gifts they brought him. He then happily moved to other village, there he lived with his wives happily till this day according to the story.
(Steven Gagau, May 2018)
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Archive link https://catalog.paradisec.org.au/repository/RL1/009
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Collector
Ralph Lawton
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Language as given Kiriwina
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Dialect
Region / village Kiriwina, Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province
Originating university Australian National University
Operator Jodie Kell
Data Categories historical text
instrumental music
primary text
song
Data Types Sound
Discourse type singing
Roles Steven Gagau : data_inputter
Grace Hull : translator
DOI 10.4225/72/5afda70b3f4d2
Cite as Ralph Lawton (collector), Steven Gagau (data_inputter), Grace Hull (translator). Legends and Myths, Singing and Stringband sounds. MPEG/X-WAV. RL1-009 at catalog.paradisec.org.au. https://dx.doi.org/10.4225/72/5afda70b3f4d2
Content Files (2)
Filename Type File size Duration File access
RL1-009-A.mp3 audio/mpeg 35.8 MB 00:39:13.500
RL1-009-A.wav audio/x-wav 1.26 GB 00:39:13.489
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Collection Information
Collection ID RL1
Collection title Kilivila (Kiriwina – Papua New Guinea)
Description Two sets of recordings

I: Items 001 to 007 are recordings made by the Kiriwina pastor Antonio Lubisa Bunaimata of his life story. Some tapes are barely audible

II: Items 008 to 014 contain a mix of singing, chanting, drumming, and traditional stories

Ralph Lawton was a Methodist missionary from South Australia who lived on the island of Kiriwina, the biggest of the Trobriand Islands in Papua New Guinea, between 1961-1973. During that time, he made a series of audio recordings of the oral traditions, music and languages of the island. Ralph went on to receive a doctorate in linguistics from the Australian National University in 2013. These recordings cover a range of musical styles and they are a beautiful sonic record of the culture of the Trobriand Islands.
(Steven Gagau, 2019)
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Access Information
Edit access Amanda Harris
Jodie Kell
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Data access conditions Closed (subject to the access condition details)
Data access narrative restricted, no access except with depositor's permission
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