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Elicitation of word list on pronouns, kinship terms, and abstract concepts

Description: This is an elicitation of a word list of temporal and directional words and concepts, color terms, religious terms, words related to profession, metals and precious stones, adjectives (related to physical sensation, size and shape, quality and quantity), person-related words, abstract terms, personal pronouns, and family relations in the Central (Zhung) variety of the Zangskari language. Recorded in Youlang village, Ladakh Union Territory, India.
Date: September 24, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue on the advent of Sunni Islam in Zangskar

Description: Ghulam Abbas describes Sunni Islam in the Zangskar region, beginning with the tale of a Leh king dispatching his son to govern Zangskar. In a poignant letter to his father, the prince pleads for his companion "Ju," a Muslim, to join him. This tale takes a pivotal turn when Ju, desiring halal meat, invites a Muslim butcher to Zangskar. The butcher’s eventual settlement and matrimony mark the beginning of the Muslim community in the region. Abbas also draws attention to the abodes of these early … more
Date: September 28, 2020
Duration: 3 minutes 13 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Personal narrative of two sisters from Karsha village

Description: Tshering Garmo and Tshering Dolma, sisters from the village of Karsha in Zangskar, share personal narratives about their family and life in Zangskar. Assisted by Sonam Phalkay, we delve into memories of his grandmother and her younger sister. A candid pre-interview exchange unfolds between the Tshering sisters and Chhuskit Angmo (Sonam's mother) while the recording equipment was being set up, which enriches the narrative. Recorded in Youlang village, Ladakh Union Territory, India.
Date: September 28, 2020
Duration: 8 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of the Epic of Rgyalam Gesar, part 1

Description: The Epic of Gesar (also spelled Kesar) is one of the world's longest epics and is widely sung and narrated across the Tibetan Plateau and in parts of Central Asia. This grand narrative chronicles the life and adventures of the heroic figure, Gesar of Ling. The saga unfolds through numerous episodes, with one of its earliest segments detailing the miraculous birth of Gesar. Before this event, the kingdom of Ling found itself in dire need of a leader. In the inaugural episode, Tashi Zangmo from S… more
Date: August 7, 2022
Duration: 58 minutes 35 seconds
Creator: Dolma, Yangchan
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of word list on multiple topics

Description: This recording captures an in-depth elicitation session of words in the Central (Zhung) variety of the Zangskari language, encompassing several diverse categories such as celestial entities, nature-related elements, household and farm equipment, food items, temporal and directional concepts, color terms, religious terminology, professional words, metals, precious stones, and various adjectives detailing physical sensation, size, shape, quality, and quantity. With Chhuskit Angmo as the consultan… more
Date: September 27, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 4 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of word list on numerals and body parts

Description: This is an elicitation of a word list consisting of numerals (mainly cardinal and some ordinal) and a few body parts in the Central (Zhung) variety of the Zangskari language. Recorded in Youlang village, Ladakh Union Territory, India.
Date: September 20, 2020
Duration: 31 minutes 40 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of word list on person and the physical universe

Description: This is an elicitation of a word list consisting of numerals, words related to person (body parts, body functions), the physical universe (celestial entities, nature-related objects, and events), house and household items, farm and farming equipment, and food items in the Central (Zhung) variety of the Zangskari language. Recorded in Youlang village, Ladakh Union Territory, India.
Date: September 22, 2020
Duration: 1 hour 16 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Discussion about Zangskari traditions and the winds of change

Description: In this enlightening discussion, Prof. Tadeusz Slupski of Poland, a visitor to Zangskar since November 1977, discusses the cultural shifts over the decades with a couple from Sani village. Slupski narrates the socio-cultural transformations he witnessed since his initial visit and invites the couple to expand on these changes from their firsthand experiences. They discuss the nuances of the architectural evolution of Zangskari houses, delving into traditional heating and lighting methods, recal… more
Date: August 7, 2022
Duration: 21 minutes 48 seconds
Creator: Dolma, Yangchan
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion about language and cultural changes in Zangskar

Description: Stanzin Choszin and her parents discuss the transformation Zangskar has witnessed in recent decades with Tshering Namgyal. Stanzin Choszin is a student at the Government Model Degree College (GMDC), Zangskar. Tshering Namgyal is a GMDC BA student. They discuss shifts in language, changing tastes in food and liquor, evolving work cultures, and matrimonial traditions. this discussion captures the essence of a rapidly transforming Zangskari society. Recorded at Choszin's residence in Sani village,… more
Date: August 7, 2022
Duration: 13 minutes 09 seconds
Creator: Dolma, Yangchan
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion about changes in Zangskari culture and agricultural practices

Description: In this recording, Kunzang Chhuskit, an elder from Sani village, discusses the changes in Zangskar's agricultural practices. Prompted by questions from Dr. Jamphel Sheyan and students of GMDC, Zangskar, Chhuskit contrasts the recent adoption of machine harvesting and flour grinding with the traditional practices of hand-harvesting and water-mill grinding. Additionally, she recounts a tale about a prince named Kargyen Chocho. Concluding her discourse, she touches upon transformations in the dowr… more
Date: August 7, 2022
Duration: 14 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Namgyal, Tshering
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion about changes in language, culture, and environment in Zangskar

Description: This is a discussion with Tshering Tashi, a Lama (monk) at the Bardan Monastery, who hails from the Sani village. Lama Tashi delves into the shifts that have taken place in Zangskar in terms of language, culture, lifestyle, and the environment over recent years. He explains how these alterations have affected the local Zangskari populace. In addition, Lama Tashi addresses questions from the students of GMDC, Zangskar, about the observed transformations within Zangskar's monasteries. Recorded in… more
Date: August 7, 2022
Duration: 8 minutes 04 seconds
Creator: Dolma, Tshering
Location: None
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Transcription: Performance of a drama titled 'gharphū̃kan patōh'

Description: The transcription and free translations in English, Urdu, and Hindi of a performance of a drama by the title – Gharphū̃kan patōh 'Spendthrift daughter-in-law' (in English). The drama depicts a typical rural life of the North Indian plains where a woman and her family are very frustrated by the misdeeds of the daughter-in-law because she is a spendthrift.
Date: unknown
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation with farmworkers at the paddy field

Description: This is a short video recording of a conversation at Aquil Ahmad's paddy field back in 2016, where the researcher, along with the farm laborers, is transplanting rice saplings. Aquil Ahmad records the activity, and in the meanwhile, one of the workers notices him and tells him to look at what his grandson is doing. Aquil replied to let him do and learn! Then he asks her whether those yellow turned saplings would also take roots.
Date: July 16, 2016
Duration: 55 seconds
Creator: Ahmad, Aquil
Partner: UNT College of Information

Personal narrative of Mateenuddin Shaikh

Description: This is a personal narrative of the life of the speaker Mateenuddin Shaikh. He narrates his childhood incidences and the early days of his adulthood when he migrates to Mumbai. Additionally, he gives information about his family members and describes his village Sonwara.
Date: December 28, 2019
Duration: 11 minutes 45 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation while cleaning fishes

Description: This is a recording of a conversation while cleaning fishes. There was some conversation between women who were cleaning fishes. In order to get natural data, Maaz goes near to them, sits, and starts recording without alerting them. Suddenly as few seconds pass, one of them alerts, and everyone takes a surprise! But a few moments later, they become comfortable with it. They then start imitating and mocking the far northern variety of Azamgarhi spoken in Dewārā, the flood plain area of the Ghagh… more
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Discussion of irrigation systems (in Urdu)

Description: This is a discussion on the popular irrigation systems used in Azamgarh and nearby areas of Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh state, before the invention of tube wells. This discussion briefly also extends to farming systems and agricultural tools. This discussion was primarily between the researcher and two residents of southern Azamgarh who were distant relatives to the researcher. It took place almost entirely in Urdu, whereas some background noises can be frequently heard in Azamgarhi.
Date: January 28, 2020
Duration: 43 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of the folksong 'Dulahē tērī ãkhiā̃' 'O bridegroom, your eyes'

Description: This is a performance of a traditional song by the title ‘Dulahē tērī ãkhiā̃’ (Eng. O bridegroom, your eyes) sung on the occasion of marriage. It praises the beauty of the bridegroom and his costume. Such songs are of great significance to the community; however, until recently, their popularity and importance have started dwindling because of the penetration of urban culture into rural society.
Date: January 29, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 27 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Performance of the folksong Dulahē kī ammā ‘O the bridegroom’s mother’

Description: This is a performance of a traditional song by the title ‘Dulahē kī ammā’ (Eng. O the mother of the bridegroom). In this song, the bridegroom’s mother is asked to bless her son on this auspicious marriage occasion. Such folksongs are of great significance to the community; however, until recently, their popularity and importance have started dwindling because of the penetration of urban culture into rural society. This folksong is in the Eastern dialect of Urdu.
Date: January 29, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information

Story of Master Sahib

Description: This is a story of a teacher who once — while teaching his students — says, “I have made you human from donkey by beating, but you don’t understand.” A washerman who had no children passes by and hears this. He then approaches the teacher and pleads with him to turn a donkey into a son for his sake. The teacher agrees to this and asked him to return after six months. The washerman returns after six months and asks for his son. The teacher replies that he taught and trained him so much that he b… more
Date: January 31, 2020
Duration: 2 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Shaikh, Maaz
Partner: UNT College of Information
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