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Transcript for a blessing ritual

Description: Transcription of a blessing ritual called "Smul kpnaak" as performed by Sumshot Khular. This blessing is used by elders to mark significant life events for younger couples.
Date: August 19, 2017
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcript for a Benglam story

Description: Transcription of a Benglam story as told by Elvish Sankhil. Long ago humans lived underground. Porcupines helped them escape onto the surface of the earth. There was a tiger lying in wait to eat them when they emerged. Benglam convinces sparrows to fly out, and threatens to shoot the tiger with his arrows.
Date: September 2, 2017
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Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcript for a retelling of The Hat Vendor and the Monkey Troop

Description: Transcription of a retelling of Luu hup kyur leh yoong luung (The Hat Vendor and the Monkey Troop), as narrated by Margret Leivon Lamkang. A troop of monkeys gets into a vendor's box of hats. He throws stones at them but is unable to retrieve the hats, so he throws his own hat onto the ground. Imitating him, the monkeys throw down their hats, and the vendor is unable to retrieve them.
Date: September 1, 2017
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Transcript for a traditional story about Arthluuk and Raangchel

Description: Transcription of a retelling of Arthluuk le Raangchel paomin (the Story of Arthluuk and Raangchel), as told by Swamy Tholung Ksen. Two brothers Arthluk and Rangchel fell in love with the same girl, Sombel, who loved Rangchel. There were also a tiger and wildcat who were friends. The tiger asked the wildcat how to catch chickens. The wildcat fools him, and the tiger threatens to eat the wildcat.The wildcat tells the tiger to wait and he will catch a woman for him. He was not able to catch Sombel who was guarded by her dogs, so instead they perform magic on her, making her ill. The tiger turned into a human and offered to heal her in exchange for her hand in marriage. Reversing their spell, he healed her and took her away to a faraway place she had never been, and turned back into a tiger. Arthluk and Rangchel heard her cry of distress, and reported to her parents, who ask the villagers for help. Only Arthluk and Rangchel agreed to go after her. Sombel learned they were coming when she finds a leaf bearing the scent of the brothers. When they arrived, Sombel hid them from the tiger, saying they should leave the next day. She managed to distract the tiger from his suspicion. They escaped at night while the tiger slept. When the tiger caught up to them, Rangchel intercepted them. They fought, and the stars intervened on behalf of Rangchel, who prevailed. As the brothers were rescuing Sombel out of a cricket-hole, Arthluk cut the rope, trapping Rangchel. By planting a tall tree he managed to escape eventually. When Rangchel returned, Arthluk proposed they shoot eggs off each other's heads. Arthluk intentionally killed Rangchel and married Sombel, who killed him in revenge.
Date: August 30, 2017
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Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcript for a retelling of Why are monkeys' bottoms flat?

Description: Transcription of a retelling of Talu ki yoong rek thul a ktrpeek? (Why are monkeys' bottoms flat?), as narrated by Khumwar Suungnem. A fable explaining how monkeys' bottoms came to be flat. Long ago an old married couple had a monkey troop living next to them. The monkeys would eat all the seed they sowed, so the couple planted yams, which they would not eat. When the yams were slow to grow, one of the monkeys told them they ought to boil the yam seeds first. While the couple were in the field to boil water, the monkeys entered their house. They chased away the monkeys, and one that got stuck had its bottom beaten flat by the old man.
Date: March 9, 2017
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Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcript for the Story of the Prodigal Son

Description: Transcription of a reading of the Story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24) from the New Testament by Beshot Khullar. A landowner's second son demands his share of the inheritance before the father's death, goes off and squanders it, and returns to his father, who accepts his penitent son. The older brother, however, is upset at his father's acceptance of his returning brother.
Date: August 18, 2017
Creator: Chelliah, Shobhana Lakshmi
Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcript for journey to USA

Description: Transcription of Sumshot Khular discussing what it's like to travel to the USA with Daniel Tholung, Shobhana Chelliah, and Mary Burke. This conversation took place in Sumshot's living room on the January 11, 2018.
Date: January 11, 2018
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Partner: UNT College of Information

Transcript for interview about Lamkang language and society

Description: Transcription of Rex Khullar of Phaidam discussing with Grace Sankhil (who lives in Delhi) and Mary of Phaidam about her visit to Delhi. They also discuss the current situation of the Lamkang language and how Lamkang society is now, what needs to be done to encourage progress of the community.
Date: unknown
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Partner: UNT College of Information