OLAC Record

Title:Kirk Huffman's ethnographic recordings
The languages of northern Ambrym
Contributor:Kirk Huffman
Contributor (researcher):Michael Franjieh
Description:This bundle contains a copy of Kirk Huffman's ethnographic recordings which he made while director of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre in 1984. This recording is a copy of the original held in the National Film and Sound Unit in Port Vila. The recording is in three parts. KH1_1 and KH1_2 is the recording of a double nimangki ceremony (Mage in North Ambrym langauge), which is part of the introduced male graded society originating from Malakula. This was recorded in Fanla and features the grade of 'mage ne hivir' (rainbow lorikeet) taken by Bong Mweleun and Mage Kon. It also features a speech from Chief Tofor, where he paces up and down while speaking, which is a specific speech style called 'hali'. The tree fern carving is now part of the Cultural Centres collection in Port Vila. KH1_3 features several clips from Ranon and Bogor villages. The initial thirty seconds is of the ceremony described above. There is filimg of the Ranon village, of many tree fern carvings which are to be exported for sale (00:30-04:30). Then there is fiming at Ranon primary school (04:30-06:40). Then filming in the village of Ranon, where the former plantation owner lived, the co-operative store, and the Presbyterian church (04:30-12:12). Then, still in Ranon, he visits Solomon who is cutting an 'atata' or pig-killing club, before showing off the rest of his traditional carvings before going to his garden to plant a yam (12:12-25:20). Then on the beach in Ranon, Bong Ranli plays the bamboo flute – the song of the rat and a song for when people are getting ready for a celebration (25:20-29:28). Then there is small filming at Magam village where a man, originally from Dip Point (West Ambrym) talks about his slit-drum (25:20-31:21). Then, there is filimg at the nasara in Bogor village, where Gilbert Bangror discusses the nimanki ceremony that had recently taken place there (Sagaran and Wurwur grades) (31:21-43:33). Finally, a small clip while Kirk is on the speedboat returning to West Ambrym (43:33-46:28). The videos in this bundle have been kindly allowed to be archived by Kirk Huffman. The videos are however restricted as their original purpose was to document traditional practices for future generations. Permission must be sought from Kirk to view them. Please email him on either kirkmel@gmail.com or kirk.huffman@austmus.gov.au." File Description: This bundle contains three video files only. These files have restricted access.See note above.
Kirk Huffman was the first director of the Vanuatu Cultural Centre
IGS0084, IPD0216
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1193331%23
Subject:observational filming
traditional ceremony
North Ambrym language
Bislama language
Subject (ISO639):mmg


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1193331
DateStamp:  2018-07-07
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Citation: Michael Franjieh (researcher); Kirk Huffman. 1984-09-01. Endangered Languages Archive.
Terms: area_Pacific country_VU iso639_bis iso639_mmg

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Country: Vanuatu
Area: Pacific

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