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Transcription: Traditional story about a common fool character

Description: This a traditional story about a common fool character, who does stupid things (bokolapo); in this story, he wants to go to the market but by switching sides of the basket he is carrying also accidentally switches the direction in which he is walking; he ends up walking back to his own house without realizing it.
Date: April 2, 2010
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about an orphan who encounters a tiger

Description: This a traditional story about an orphan who encounters a tiger; by using a container with a mirror on top, he manages to convince the tiger that he (the orphan) has caught a large tiger in that container; the tiger is scared and the orphan ends up managing to steal gold from the tigers’ Rongker (= the name of a ceremony in Karbi traditional culture) due to his trick with the mirror container. Chikari Tisso was an active listener during the recording of this text. All of his backchanneling as well as clarification questions and other remarks are included in this transcription, signaled by{curly brackets}.
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about the origin of the division into Bey subclans

Description: This is a traditional story about the origin of the division into Bey subclans. Bey Ki’ik and Bey Ke’et have a falling out over changing marriage plans as a result of the grandmother’s advice. As a result, a taboo exists such that descendants of Bey Ki’ik and those of Bey Ke’et are not allowed to marry each other. Another result is that members of the Bey Ronghang clan are not allowed to grind rice for rice beer, because in mythological times, the Bey Ronghang women kept grinding rice beer without doing anything else, even forgetting to breast-feed their children, who then died from starvation.
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about the origin of the division into Terang subclans

Description: This a traditional story about the origin of the division into Terang subclans starting with two Terang brothers, the younger one, Dili and the older one, Rongchetcho (also referred to as Rongchercho); the older one causes a lot of hardship for the younger one, finally, the younger one, Dili, takes a vow to officially form separate subclans (with various societal implications)
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about two twin girls being brought up by tigers

Description: This a traditional story about two twin girls (hingchong musoso) that are born to the human wife of a king, who also has a second wife who is a witch. The witch is jealous and abandons the girls, who are subsequently brought up by tigers. After having grown up, they return to their father’s kingdom and tell their story. The father learns the truth, the witch dies, and the reunited family lives happily ever after.
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about an elderly couple with a dog

Description: This a traditional story about an elderly couple with a dog; the wife dies and the dog takes the husband to Chom arong (i.e., the village of the dead); the wife does not want to leave, but the husband forces her; upon return to their village, soon somebody else in the village dies, and the wife has to die and go back to Chom arong with the other person.
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Monologue on a crying child

Description: This is a monologue on the (traditional) everyday situation of a mother having a baby to take care of while having to perform other chores such as getting firewood and cooking (not considered a true folk story by language consultants).
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about a chain reaction of events that sets off when a frog blocks the road and sits down on an ant that in turn bites the frog

Description: This a traditional story about a chain reaction of events that sets off when a frog blocks the road and sits down on an ant that in turn bites the frog. From there on, one animal suffers from being disturbed or hurt by another animal, and as a consequence accidentally disturbs or hurts another animal, and so on: the ant disturbs the frog, the frog disturbs the squirrel, the squirrel disturbs the pig, the pig disturbs the bird, the bird disturbs the elephant, the elephant kicks a rock, which then kills the daughter of the king. The king traces back the chain reaction to the frog and the ant, and punishes both of them. This folk story, in a variety of versions, appears to be very common in the extended Eastern Himalayan region. Note also that a late 19th century telling of this story can be found in the Linguistic Survey of India (Grierson 1904).
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Traditional story about a couple, in which the husband tricks his wife in order to get her to give him meat to eat

Description: This is a traditional story about a couple, in which the husband tricks his wife in order to get her to give him meat to eat. He carves a hole into a tree and pretends to be a scary big black bird and tells his wife to feed the big black bird. After the wife has fed the big black bird (i.e., her husband) all of their chickens, the husband himself tells her to look inside the hole the next time around, which she does. Upon recognizing her husband, the wife is angry and tells him she will separate from him and go to stay with her parents. She collects all her things into a big basket. The husband sneaks himself into the basket, and as the wife is on the way carrying the basket, the husband urinates. As if it had not been enough already before, the wife now leaves him with even angrier than before.
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcription: Conversation about the status of women in Karbi society

Description: This is a conversation of the status of women in Karbi society; the lady interviewed is Ms. Kare Rongpipi, and the interview was conducted by Mr. Bhudeswar Timung. Ms. Rongpipi points out the ways in which women have traditionally played a very important role in Karbi society.
Date: unknown
Creator: Konnerth, Linda
Partner: UNT College of Information

[Letter from Curtis E. Johnson, October 15, 1992]

Description: A letter from Curtis E. Johnson to an educator that was addressed about new procedures for sponsor approval for advance academic training. An attached document is a statement of assurance for advance academic training.
Date: October 15, 1992
Creator: Johnson, Curtis E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Fax cover sheet and copy of Senate Resolution No. 498]

Description: A fax cover sheet and a copy of Texas Senate Resolution No. 498, which honored the deaths of victims of AIDS and those living with HIV/AIDS.
Date: May 16, 1989
Creator: Washington, Craig A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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