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Transcription: Conversation about establishing a literacy school

Description: This is a conversation between Rawang speakers discussing establishing a school for teaching Rawang in their area. The classes happen on Sundays or in the evenings. They worry that students feel discouraged when they don't know parts of their language, especially older learners, so they would like to start classes when students are younger. They make a plan to train more teachers and create more books.
Date: August 2008
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Transcription: Description of marriage customs

Description: This is a description of marriage customs. Both families send 'go-betweens' to mediate the agreement and discuss dowry. For the ceremony, the bride passes through a bundle of reeds, and a gift called "geumbang siya" is given. Sometimes, there are other gifts as well, and a feast. If someone cannot pay the dowry, elders may allow them to pay something later, at a time when they can afford it. He also describes the different practices of groups in surrounding areas, and compares traditional marri… more
Date: May 1, 2006
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Transcription: Traditional narrative about a rich woman

Description: This is a traditional narrative about a rich woman who receives many marriage proppsals. But, she will not speak to the men who propose to her. She says will only respond to the man she loves. An orphaned boy goes to her house and tries to cook, and she yells at him that he's doing it wrong. Then, she has to marry him because she has spoken to him, so he must be the one she loves. The speaker, Vshaq Sangdong Pōng, is from the Mvtjùng valley, and is about 70 years old at the time of recording. H… more
Date: ?2006
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Transcription: Description of fishing with fish traps

Description: This is a description of how fish traps are used to catch fish. Three main kinds of traps are described: longdip, made of rocks; nakung, a raised sieve after a dam to catch fish; and ngatong, a bamboo tube. The fishermen discuss how the traps are designed and placed, how fish are collected from them, and beliefs/taboos surrounding fishing. They also describe fishing practices followed in other villages, like using poison to kill fish or shooting them with small arrows.
Date: June 2006
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation between family members at the Tamwe, Christian Center

Description: This is an informal conversation between friends and family members. They are talking about a letter which has arrived, and what to send in response. They also discuss traveling and riding the bus, a recent death of someone in the area, and the phases of the moon. There is some code switching to Burmese. Recorded at Tamwe, Christian Center
Date: July 2006
Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes 19 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Description of marriage customs

Description: This is a description of marriage customs. Both families send 'go-betweens' to mediate the agreement and discuss dowry. For the ceremony, the bride passes through a bundle of reeds, and a gift called "geumbang siya" is given. Sometimes, there are other gifts as well, and a feast. If someone cannot pay the dowry, elders may allow them to pay something later, at a time when they can afford it. He also describes the different practices of groups in surrounding areas, and compares traditional marri… more
Date: May 1, 2006
Duration: 17 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional narrative about the origin of the Azeulam (the Azeu dance)

Description: This is a narrative about how the Vzeu (Azeu) dance originated, recorded in Myitkyina. The Vzeu dance started when people wanted to express gratitude, so they imitated the butterflies and eagles. The speaker is from Krangku originally, but had moved to Putao several years before the time of recording. He also briefly describes the different beliefs and dances of groups in surrounding areas.
Date: June 1, 2006
Duration: 7 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Transcription: Traditional narrative about the origin of the Azeulam (the Azeu dance)

Description: This is a narrative about how the Vzeu dance originated, recorded in Myitkyina. The Vzeu dance started when people wanted to express gratitude, so they imitated the butterflies and eagles. The speaker is from Krangku originally, but had moved to Putao several years before the time of recording. He also briefly describes the different beliefs and dances of groups in surrounding areas.
Date: June 1, 2006
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information
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Transcription: Traditional narrative about a wise woman

Description: This is a traditional narrative about a wise woman who marries an orphaned boy, and gives him credit for being a good hunter even though he is a bad hunter. But because he has a reputation as a good hunter, the couple becomes rich. The moral is that the woman is the head of the family, and if she is capable and brave, the family will be successful. The speaker, Vshaq Sangdong Pōng, is from the Mvtjùng valley, and is about 70 years old at the time of recording. He speaks the lower Mvtjùng variet… more
Date: 2006
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Description of fishing with fish traps

Description: This is a description of how fish traps are used to catch fish. Three main kinds of traps are described: longdip, made of rocks; nakung, a raised sieve after a dam to catch fish; and ngatong, a bamboo tube. The fishermen discuss how the traps are designed and placed, how fish are collected from them, and beliefs/taboos surrounding fishing. They also describe fishing practices followed in other villages, like using poison to kill fish or shooting them with small arrows.
Date: June 2006
Duration: 1 hour 18 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation about establishing a literacy school

Description: This is a recording of Rawang speakers discussing establishing a school for teaching Rawang in their area recorded at the Tamwe Christian Center in Yangon. The classes happen on Sundays or in the evenings. They worry that students feel discouraged when they don't know parts of their language, especially older learners, so they would like to start classes when students are younger. They make a plan to train more teachers and create more books.
Date: August 2008
Duration: 1 hour 3 minutes 57 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information
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