Dudbul/Nirnam January 12, 1973 - 45A Series B6A Tierlul

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Recording Series B 6A

Place of Recording:

Date of Recording: January 12 1973


Informant: Agwa Alemo

Date of Transcript: May 5, 1973

1 000 Dudbul.

Text: (RWATH: Polite form used for the king) What is left is only poorness. Praising him, he died and left his wife and is a king who made his village beautiful and who replaced his father. Informing one of his friends saying I’m left alone after our best leader has died. A man is being praised after having a Sophia of grain and a shoulder guard for containing water. Saying, our best girl went for visiting and not for marriage and she will be coming after. You have murdered her, you hide her in the tribe of the village of Ajiba. If he had sold her with the cows, we would have gained something. Praising her according to the work she has done in Ajwara village. (She escaped away with a man living along Gilo river without informing her parents and people were confused. Who took her or who murdered her? At last, they heard that she had been taken by a man from Gilo to be married) (Insult in the song: when they heard she had been taken by a man from Gilo river, said, Gilo river people when they fish, they look like those who are worried for their dead daughter. (Means they sit for the whole day in a lonely way) People who are living beyond that also, they don’t know what fish is but the fish is carried by the pelican to them. (She was married by the singer first of all. He couldn’t pay money for her. Because no one supported him, he sang this song against his wife and her husband and his wives relatives also) Praising one of his friends after his animals, saying people of Gilo are scared. They are not seen in the daytime, they used to fish always and our village is very large which is destroyed by the liars. Those older women and men who died, they cursed our village they didn’t bless it they cursed it. Praising some of his friends who is living in POCHELLA. A person is known by other people or other villages according to the job he is doing in the village. I have been completely out from any society because people are against me. Praising his leader saying that those who rob the goods of other people have no village. (they roam around, go to the gold mines and come back. They have no place to stay) Praising one man who is named after a crocodile. Saying, they are the people who dance in the village. Praising he wife of his uncle’s son saying that she used to dance at the same time she makes beer. She is very active to do all these things. Telling the people what he had been given. Said been given only one spear by the singers. He was told by god if one of his friends’ wife could give him 5 beads of demoui. (Means he dreamt) these who are liars they are the same like the evil eyed people. They get the consequences of bad doings wherever they go. From our village which is called AJWARA I hate only one liar. Who has a bad stomach like a crock stomach?

2 149 Marching Song.

Information: Marching song when they swore not to eat a certain animal. They wanted to kill a lion. In first part their generation leader is named after a buffalo. (They named themselves Amhara a term of respect. They have killed what they said they would kill.)

Text: Saying, when we boast for a lion, we didn’t come back and people thought that our generation would be finished by a lion. Those who say that our generation would be finished, when we fought it, we shot the lion and it fell down on its right shoulder. When we marched flag will be leading and the bullets will be shooting after the flag. (A term from the Amhara: Gallinya: AWACHI; when you tell people to keep silent but they said we are the generation of the people who disobeyed the order to keep quiet. When people asked where are those who killed the lion, we will be in the line under the flag and the trumpet will be blown and we will march. Those who kill a lion are the best men and Amhara’s came from hunting in the forest.

3 169 Marching song.

Information: The generation of ORODIER. The union of generation comes together. One difficult part: praising the leader of the generation and he’s only a boy from his family. The rest of them are girls. Hes praising him after his sister. Solo male without accompaniment.

Text: When we have food to be eaten on the way, we will kill an elephant Saying that shoot your gun and march proudly, put your ivory on. Repeats. Praising, walk proudly, put your ivory on, buy an airplane, shoot your gun. (One person would walk ahead and sing this)

4 200 Dudbul.

Text: (Rwath: I didn’t know that I’m going to miss a cow from you because I haven’t any wife. I will be glad to beg the king OCUDHO to give me a cow. Praising one of his friends if he could help the king to give out the cow. Informing one of his friends that people are against me or saying bad words to me and the poor man is supposed to be with the king or Rwath. Saying, it has been many years with my friend and singing my song nicely. (they were friends because their friendship is very strong, he told him that we are the best relatives, like brothers) Praising a man after his buffalo saying the husband of the daughter of the king. Praising a man who is named after hippo. Saying that we are hoping for the best dancing in the village, tomorrow. Praising one of his friend’s wife saying Hes fit to be married, she is a hard worker. Praising a boy who is named after an elephant. Telling him, when will you give me the spear, I missed a few days ago. Praised the wife of that boy after her teeth. Saying that (when people say a bad word against another man by insulting that man, in his absence) (When you are absent people will say something though that thing looks nice, they will turn it to a bad thing. He is a bad man trying to elevate himself) WACNYING: it is very easy to insult a man who doesn’t have relatives in his absence. Praising one of his friends and his wife saying she is tired of the child, she who is the princess of the king. Praising one girl saying there is no money I would have married her with she pounds one tin of corn she can complete it easily. When I received a letter, I was worried for her because I paid money when I was very far away from the village. (People fear to go to the village so they send money that they got give gold or beads to my brother so he can give it to his wife’s parents) As he continues to work in the gold mine. Give to a trusted fellow and tell him to give to the parents of his wife.) Praising her also. I didn’t skip away because of our wedding. Because of the bad talking in our village. Praising all his friends with their wives. Telling one of his friends who is named after a lion saying that if I tell you the things you will laugh. I dreamed as I had got 5 demoui. Saying also, it is because I have no sister to marry a wife. Praising his friends after their animals. Praised one his friends named after the Nile perch saying I heard or the wind blew the saying of our village to me. Praising his friends also after the animals of their grandfather and their animals. Saying I have been lonely, or alone because of your absence. (Giraffe – tail make into a necklace.) Greet OTHOW so that he can bring me some of the giraffes’ tails. A man called GOY is a man who used to bet the drum. Beat the drum clearly so that the people of PINYUDO could come and dance with us. Praising the king saying I will keep begging him, I will beg the lion. Ill beg the lion who has been visited by many tri s. there had been many singers in our village and don’t be tired of giving out what you have. (Choose the one he lies best and give him something.) I had got the third special bed from our leader who sued to feed those who don’t have parents. Or common people. Praising his age group saying when I came was having bracelet and that was what I was longing for. From you. He is praising the son of the king saying I didn’t know that I was going to miss the prize from you. He is informing a man who had not been married by telling him, you get married so that the bad insult can be stopped by the Anuaks. Praising his generation saying that if my song destroys, or if it is not sung in the village, that may be your mistake. Our wife came in the dancing carrying a dollar with her. (Tape becomes twisted therefore we lose the rest of the tape.)

ANUAK Project: FIELD NOTES – Jan 12, 1973

Retyped: July 5, 2019

Tierlul, 3:00 P.M.

Kwot Onyinyi sings with 5 other men. Middle aged, same age group of ages 30-45. Kaga Lero composer of all songs indicated.

  1. Agwaga from Odongo.

  2. Agwaga from Odongo.

  3. Agwaga from Ajwara by Otat, 1966.

  4. Agwaga from Ajwara by Olong, 1964.

  5. Agwaga from Ajwra by Omot, 56.

  6. General Dancing from Ajwara by Kwot 52.

Tape 6, 3:30

  1. General Dancing from Ajwara by Ogut, 52 sung by himself alone.

  2. Nirnam from Ajwara by Otok, 56.

  3. Nirnam from Ajwara by Odungo, 56.

  4. General Dancing from Ajwara by Orieo, 56.

  5. Obero from Ajwara by Kwot for a dead chief who died in 49 or King from Cham.

  6. Agwaga from Peno by Ojung 64 (On Akobo river on the Border). Puts in actions of fighting in singing. Humorous comments of people running.

  7. Agwaga from Peno by Lipo, 65.

  8. Agwaga from Peno by Lipo, 63.

  9. Agwaga from Ajwara by Chief Oruth, 64.

  10. Agwaga from Ajwara by Odongo. Ajwara and Odongo were the same village. King at this time was Akway. When he died, divided the village. Ajwara given to Cham and the other to Odongo.

  11. Agwaga from Odongo.

  12. Agwaga from Ajwara by Kwot very old, incomplete.

Tape 6, Side B 4:35

  1. Agwaga from Ajwara by Kwot (Repeat from the other side. Very old.)

  2. Agwaga from Ajwara by Lipo. Made for king of Akwara. Notice shouts of men in background.

  3. Agwaga from Ajwara by Lipo.

  4. General Dancing from Ajwara by Dedung.

  5. General Dancing from Ajwara by Opolo.

  6. General Dancing from Ajwara by Kwot.

  7. Nirnam from Ajwara by girl, Ariet.

  8. Nirnam from Ajwara by girl, Ariet.

  9. General dancing from Odong by Omon.

  10. General dancing from Obodi by Nyibola.

  11. Obero from obodi for the king (Ocudho Odol.)

Conclude at 5:30. Pay $3.00.