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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 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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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 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

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
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