OLAC Record

Title:El Mato
Documenting Movima
Contributor (interviewer):Katharina Haude
Description:Length: 00:34:47:239 This recording was taken outside in front of the speaker house. We asked the speaker to tell us what she knows about the foundation of "Carmen del Mato" (the "Loma Santa"), to which Movima people emigrated in the 50s. It turned out that it was difficult for her to speak to us in Movima. The recording continues as BGS_210807_2.
Duración: 00:34:47:239 Esta sesión se llevó a cabo en frente de la casa de la parlante. KH y SB la habían preguntado que cuéntese todo lo que sabe de la fundación de “Carmen del Mato”,(el “Loma santa”), adonde mucha gente de los Movima emigró en los años 50. Resultó que era muy complicado para la parlante hablar en Movima.
The Movima Archive Movima is a genetically unclassified language spoken in the so-called Moxos region in the savannahs of the Bolivian Amazon area. It is still spoken by more than 1,000 people (1,452 in 1996). Most speakers are over 50 years old and bilingual in Spanish. There are only very few children who still learn the language, while children are usually raised in Spanish only. Today, efforts are being made to implement the language at schools. The village Santa Ana del Yacuma, the center of the Movima-speaking area with approximately 12,000 inhabitants, was founded approximately in 1708 by the Jesuits. The Jesuits also converted the the Movima people to Catholicism. There does not seem to be an observable trace of Precolumbian culture (traditions, mythology) left. It is therefore quite striking that the Movimas have kept their native language until today. Since the language is getting lost rapidly, one goal of our data collection is to gather authobiographical information from its last fluent speakers. At the same time, as much as possible other text types were collected, such as dialogues, procedural texts, descriptions etc. The village „fiesta“ on July 26th is culturally very important. It includes processions, bull fights, and dancing. Many people from the country visit the village, and the Movima language is spoken a lot. Therefore much of the data has to do with the fiesta. The Movima project contains data collected between 2001 and 2008 in Santa Ana del Yacuma, Bolivia. Between 2001 and 2004, they were collected by Katharina Haude, then Nijmegen University. Since 2006, they were collected by Silke Beuse and Katharina Haude within the DoBeS project at the University of Cologne. Field work was carried out during the dry season between June and October each year.
Length: 00:34:47:239 The speaker talks about Carmen del Mato (or 'El Mato', also called Loma Santa), a settling near San Borja, outside the Yacuma province, to which a group of Movima people emigrated in the 50s in search of a treasure (loma santa, i.e. "holy hill"). They never found it, but they settled there.
The speaker and the interviewer switch between Spanish and Movima.
Publisher:Katharina Haude
University of Cologne, Department of Linguistics
el mato
Spanish language
Movima language
Subject (ISO639):spa


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Citation: Katharina Haude (interviewer); BGS; Beuse. 2007-08-21. Katharina Haude.
Terms: area_Americas area_Europe country_BO country_ES iso639_mzp iso639_spa

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Country: BoliviaSpain
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