OLAC Record

Title:Foundation of Jasschaja - autobiographical
Documenting Movima
Contributor (interviewer):Katharina Haude
Description:Length: 00:50:52:056 This is the first session taken in Jasschaja, the small and remote community where also the children speak Movima. KH and SB visit the speaker JZH at home. His family and one of his friends are attending the session too.
Duración: 00:50:52:056 Esta es la primera sesión grabada en Jasschaja. KH y SB vinieron a visitar el hablante JZH en su casa. Su familia y uno de sus amigos están presente durante la charla.
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: 00:50:52:056 The main speaker JZH talks about how he left Santa Ana at the age of thirty and went to found a new community, which today would be "Jasschaja". He tells that people don't like him because he does never wear shoes nor dresses accurately when he has to go to some office. That he explains by the fact that God himself would walk on the earth without shoes. He also describes the economic problems he nowadays has. When he arrived to the place where he lives now, it was the use just to build a house and then you had (marked) your land. But then the laws would change and people had to pay for the land.
Duración: 00:50:52:056 El parlante principal JZH habla como dejó a Santa Ana a los treinta años y sue fue a fundar una nueva comunidad que hoy en día es “Jasschaja”. El dice que la gente no le quiere pirque el nunca se viste de la manera adecuada cuando tiene que consultar alguna oficina. El lo justifica con el facto de que dios si mismo andaba descalzo en la tierra. Tambien describe los problemas economicos que tiene hoy en día. Cuando llegó al lugar donde hoy vive era costumbre de construir una casa y así uno había marcado su tierra. Pero después cambiaron las leyes y la gente tenía que pagar la tierra.
Spanish is chosen as the language for the introduction to give information about the speakers and the place of interrogation. There are also some initial questions in Spanish, but the main talk is held in Movima.
Publisher:Katharina Haude
University of Cologne, Department of Linguistics
Narrative; Interview
Movima language
Spanish language
Subject (ISO639):mzp


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

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Country: BoliviaSpain
Area: AmericasEurope

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