OLAC Record

Title:Kastom Dance
Ninde documentation and orthographic design project
Contributor (speaker):Edwel
Description:Edwel Kaiseng discusses traditional dance and the role of leva'ale in society. Once common at social events, few Malekula men can perform the songs of this genre today. These songs were known to Mewun people and performed in Ninde, but they could also be heard performed by neighboring peoples in their languages. As a kastom Chief, Edwel is charged with maintaining cultural knowledge like leva'ale.
Jif Edwel i stap tokbaot kastom danis, pat blong leva'ale long kastom laef. Bifo olgeta man i bin harem fulap leva'ale long seremoni, be naoia man we hem i save singim singsing ia tede ol i no plante. Ol Mewun i bin save singsing ia long Ninde, Be ol i bin stap long nara aelan lanwis tu. Edwel i holem kastom save olsem hem ia from se hem i kastom jif.
This project is concerned with the documentation of Ninde, a threatened Central Malekula (Oceanic) language spoken in five villages in the South West Bay region of Malekula island of Vanuatu. Ninde is almost entirely undocumented; there is a sketch grammar based on data from one young speaker. The language is spoken by at most 1000 people, and in four of the five villages is not being transmitted to children. One of the immediate goals of this project is the community-led creation of an orthography and possibly even pedagogical materials in order to facilitate Ninde-language education and preserve traditional knowledge.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1281723%23
Publisher:Caroline Crouch
University of California, Santa Barbara
Labo language
Subject (ISO639):mwi


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1281723
DateStamp:  2019-04-03
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Citation: Edwel (speaker). 2016-07-22. Caroline Crouch.
Terms: area_Pacific country_VU iso639_mwi

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Country: Vanuatu
Area: Pacific

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