OLAC Record

Title:Description - Fishing
Documentation of the Kelabit language, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contributor (annotator):Charlotte Hemmings
Florance Lapu Apu
Contributor (researcher):Charlotte Hemmings
Contributor (speaker):Stanley Isaac Ibuh @ Mikat Balang @ Paren Kera'i'
Description:Stanley describes some traditional methods of fishing among the Kelabit. He first mentions different fish traps (bubuh and mering) and several different nets (iep - a small hand-held net for ladies, pedala' - a big net used by men, puket - a net that is set up across the river and then left overnight). Then he discusses how the Kelabit used to make fish poison from tubeh roots. First, they collect the roots from the jungle and leave them to dry. Then, early morning, they take the roots to the wide stretch in the river (reberuh). They pound the roots and then dip them in water until the latex (para') trickles out into the water and immobilises the fish, stopping them from swimming away. When they see fish bobbing up and down in the water, the strong swimmers will dive into the water to collect the fish. If there are fish in the shallow waters then the women can collect them using their iep net or the children can collect them using fishing rods. Stanley also describes how longhouses would share out the catches from any fishing trip equally between all of the households. He also describes a method for preserving the fish, which is to cook them in a bamboo. The resulting product is known as sekulang. To prepare these, you first grill the fish in the bamboo slowly until they are dry. Then you store it on the shelf on top of the fireplace (tareh). Later, when you want to eat the fish, you can boil the bamboo in water, adding salt. When it is boiled, you pour any water out, halve the bamboo and then eat the fish. A second method of fishing is with the pedela' net. This is a big net that people would throw out into the water from on top of a raft (ra'it) and then collect back. Stanley explains that some people would also collect bamboo and throw these into the water to make the fish swim away into more shallow waters. This is a process known as melebang. Finally, he also discusses how women would go fishing in smaller streams using the iep net and tadpoles or small fish as bait. Similarly, children would fish using fishing rods (keluit) and earthworms as bait. At the very end of the recording, Stanley comments on how important it is to teach the future generations these skills so that they are preserved for posterity. The following equipment was used: Zoom H4N, Lavalier mic, wind gag, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens. The recording is in mono and wav format.
This is a project documenting and describing the Kelabit language of Northern Sarawak, Malaysia. It includes directed elicitation sessions and naturalistic texts in a range of genres, transcribed and translated in ELAN. The project was funded by a scholarship from the Wolfson Foundation
Born in Pa Main, currently lives in Bario
Born in Pa Main, living in Bario at time of recording.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1315506%23
Publisher:Charlotte Hemmings
University of Oxford
Subject:Naturalistic Text
English language
Kelabit language
Kelabit - Bario
Subject (ISO639):eng


Archive:  Endangered Languages Archive
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OaiIdentifier:  oai:soas.ac.uk:MPI1315506
DateStamp:  2019-08-02
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Citation: Charlotte Hemmings (researcher); Charlotte Hemmings (annotator); Florance Lapu Apu (annotator); Stanley Isaac Ibuh @ Mikat Balang @ Paren Kera'i' (speaker). 2014-08-21. Charlotte Hemmings.
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