Collection details
Collection ID RL1
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)
Archive link
Ralph Lawton
Originating university Australian National University
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Region / village Kiriwina
DOI 10.4225/72/56E976056AED6
Cite as Ralph Lawton (collector), 1994. Kilivila (Kiriwina – Papua New Guinea). Collection RL1 at [Closed Access].
Access information
Edit access Amanda Harris
Data access conditions Closed (subject to the access condition details)
Data access details restricted, no access except with depositor's permission
Items in Collection (14)

Item Title Actions
001 Antonio's earliest memories View
002 Antonio at Dobu View
003 Antonio back in Kiriwina View
004 Antonio View
005 Antonio, 82 yrs, receiving copy of Kiriwina Shorter Bible (1997) View
006 Ralph and Antonio (79 yrs), colleagues in translation (1994) View
007 Antonio (53 yrs) at translation workshop (1968) View
008 Funeral singing, traditional chanting, drums and dancing View
009 Legends and Myths, Singing and Stringband sounds View
010 Traditional chanting, drums and singing View

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