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Description of rivers and streams in the area

Description: This is a description of the rivers and streams near Dukdang, Putao, and others in surrounding areas. 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 variety. He lists the names of different rivers, and describes where they meet, and what roads or villages are near them.
Date: June 2006
Duration: 7 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Mèrv̄m, Ráwang
Partner: UNT College of Information

Informal conversation and elicitation with Rawang speakers

Description: This is a recording of Rawang speakers talking amongst themselves. There is a short narrative in the beginning, then informal conversation, and then some elicitation and repitition of words.
Date: ?2006
Duration: 1 hour 6 minutes 09 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Description of the mountains in the area

Description: This is a description of the mountains near Dukdang, Putao, and others in surrounding areas. 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 variety. He lists the mountains, and the groups that live in those areas. He tells which mountains have roads nearby, and how some have changed names over time.
Date: June 2006
Duration: 9 minutes 11 seconds
Creator: Mèrv̄m, Ráwang
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional narrative about migration

Description: This is a traditional narrative about the migrations of the Rawang people. The tape ran out during the story, so it is incomplete.
Date: 2006
Duration: 3 minutes 59 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 marriage customs to current ones affected by Christian influence. The speaker is from Krangku originally, but had moved to Putao several years before the time of recording.
Date: May 1, 2006
Duration: 17 minutes 41 seconds
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

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

Traditional narrative about how people started building houses

Description: This is a narrative about how people started building houses after the world was flooded. They watched animals build their houses, like wild boars and birds, and then collected the tools and materials to build houses. Then, they blessed the house.
Date: May 1, 2006
Duration: 8 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Mèrv̄m, Ráwang
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

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

Description of divination practices

Description: This is a discussion with Rawang speakers on the process of folding leaves to do divination.
Date: 2006
Duration: 49 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about courage and elders' wisdom

Description: This is a monologue about the teachings of elders. He warns that people need to think carefully before judging. 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 variety.
Date: 2006
Duration: 11 minutes 47 seconds
Creator: Mèrv̄m, Ráwang
Partner: UNT College of Information

Description of how to make brewer's yeast

Description: This is a description of how to make brewer's yeast. Millet is dried, ground, and mixed with water to form a paste. The paste is molded into chunks for storage. It has to be turned at certain intervals in order to keep well. The yeast is used to make wine.
Date: 1990/2000
Duration: 1 minute 30 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Description of how to make wine

Description: This is a description of how wine is made from corn, millet, or buckwheat. First, the utensils are cleaned, and the grain is added to the container. Then it is covered with grass and, after a few days, transferred to a wine container. They describe how the process changes depending on the seasons.
Date: 1990/2000
Duration: 1 minute 15 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Traditional narrative about why monkeys steal human food

Description: This is a traditional narrative about monkeys caring for human babies. The monkeys were angry that the parents did not pay them well enough for taking take of the children, so they stole food from them to get payment.
Date: 1990/2000
Duration: 2 minutes 06 seconds
Creator: LaPolla, Randy
Partner: UNT College of Information

Chicken-fried Escargot

Description: Audio recording of "a group of Philosophical and Environmental Songs," as described by Gunter.
Date: 1998
Duration: 39 minutes 55 seconds
Creator: Gunter, P. A. Y. (Pete Addison Y.), 1936-
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Elicitation of words with closed short syllables

Description: Recording of an elicitation of words with closed short syllables (CVC) in different positions. The purpose is to determine the relative weight of closed short syllables in comparison to open short vowel syllables (CV) for primary word stress placement. Ali Khan is a 31-year old male teacher.
Date: May 27, 2021
Duration: 1 minute 47 seconds
Creator: Aurangzeb
Partner: UNT College of Information

Monologue about Eid celebrations

Description: Recording of a monologue about Eid, a festival of Muslims. The speaker talks about how the community members prepare for the festival which is celebrated at the end of fasting during the month of Ramadhan. Atta-Ur Rehman is a 37-year old male teacher.
Date: May 16, 2021
Duration: 3 minutes 10 seconds
Creator: Aurangzeb
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of words for professions

Description: Recording of an elicitation of a word list for names of different professions in Mankiyali. English equivalents are used as prompts. Gohar Rehman is a male shop keeper who is 38 years old at the time of recording.
Date: May 16, 2021
Duration: 2 minutes 17 seconds
Creator: Aurangzeb
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of words comprised of syllables with equal weight (2)

Description: Recording of an elicitation of words comprised of syllables with equal weight. The purpose is to determine the default primary stress position in Mankiyali when syllable weight is not a factor. The contributor is Atta-Ur Rehman. a 37-year old male teacher.
Date: May 16, 2021
Duration: 2 minutes 04 seconds
Creator: Aurangzeb
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of words comprised of syllables with equal weight (1)

Description: Recording of an elicitation of words comprised of syllables with equal weight. The purpose is to determine the default primary stress position in Mankiyali when syllable weight is not a factor. The contributors are Aurangzeb (a 34-year old male teacher) and Gohar-Ur Rehman (a 38-year old male shop owner).
Date: May 16, 2021
Duration: 2 minutes 22 seconds
Creator: Aurangzeb
Partner: UNT College of Information

Elicitation of words with closed long syllables

Description: Recording of an elicitation of words with closed long syllables (CVVC) in different positions. The purpose is to determine the relative weight of closed long syllables for primary word stress placement. The contributor is Gohar-Ur Rehman (a 38-year old male shop owner).
Date: April 29, 2021
Duration: 1 minute 46 seconds
Creator: Aurangzeb
Partner: UNT College of Information
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