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Retellings of Sumphaai and Raangleen

Description: A narration of Sumphai and Ranglen by Shangchrek Jangvei of Thamlapokpi. This is the story where Ranglen has to sell his sister Sumphai.
Date: February 2, 2016
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Reading of a blessing ritual Smul kpnaak

Description: This blessing is used by elders to mark significant life events for younger couples. This ritual blessing is to be used by an older person addressing younger people- Sumshot Khular shares the beautiful words here which roughly translated mean: This is the feather for your good health, your long life, your well-being. May you be blessed with many daughters, with many sons, with many crops, with livestock, with wealth and riches. ‎‎May you be blessed with knowledge and understanding without end, and with overflowing riches. May you be blessed with abundant livestock. May your children be as numerous as the stars. May they be as numerous as the sands of the sea. ‎‎Even if misfortune, bad storms (of life), disease and hunger come (to you). With your left hand push them away, and with your right hand bring the blessings closer to you. ‎‎May it be so for your life, may it be so for your good health. ‎‎May your life be as long as the banyan tree. May Heaven grant you strength and happiness.
Date: 2015
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Working with Shangchrek to get a narrative

Description: Here we are setting up the microphone and getting the speaker, Shangchrek Tholung (married to Jangwe ), comfortable. She converses with Sumshot Khular who is off camera and is giving her instructions on what to say. The recording was done in Swamy Ksen's house in Thamlapokpi with David Peterson and Shobhana Chelliah in attendance.
Date: 2016
Creator: Tholung, Shangchrek
Partner: UNT College of Information

Retelling of The Story of Raapa Paomin

Description: The story of Raapa Paomin told by Shetphong Sankhil. Raapa Paomin is a story which explains the use and creation of a particular ornament by the Lamkang. It is because of the character Raapa that the Lamkang have those ornaments today.
Date: February 2, 2016
Creator: Sankhil, Shetphong
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation about a work house

Description: A visit by Sumshot Khular, David Peterson, and Shobhana Chelliah to the work house attached to Swamy Tholung's house in Thamlapokpi, Chandel.
Date: February 2, 2016
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Conversation about traditional trays

Description: Swamy Tholung discusses how traditonal reed trays are made with Shobhana Chelliah, Sumshot Khular, and David Peterson.
Date: February 2, 2016
Creator: Tholung, Swamy
Partner: UNT College of Information