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Author Weiner, James F., author.

Title Songs of the empty place : the memorial poetry of the Foi of the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea / James F. Weiner and Don Niles.

Publication Info. Acton, A.C.T. : Australian National University Press, [2015]


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Description 1 online resource (xlix, 187 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps, music.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
text file PDF 1.9MB
Series Monographs in anthropology series
Monographs in anthropology.
Monographs in anthropology series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-181) and index of performers.
Note Print version record.
Contents Preface: Singing the earth in the Mubi valley / James F. Weiner -- Introduction: Foi songs and the performance, publication, and poetry of Papua New Guinea sung traditions / Don Niles -- Women's sago songs (obedobora) -- Men's songs (sorobabora) -- Women's songs (sorohabora).
Summary For 31 months between 1979 and 1995, James F. Weiner conducted anthropological research amongst the Foi people in Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. This book contains the transcriptions, translations, and descriptions of the songs he recorded. The texts of women's sago songs (obedobora), men's ceremonial songs (sorohabora), and women's sorohabora are included. Men turn the prosaic content of womenís sago songs into their own sorohabora songs, which are performed the night following large-scale inter-community pig kills, called dawa. While women sing sago songs by themselves, men sing their ceremonial songs in groups of paired men. Women also have their own ceremonial versions of such songs. The songs are memorial in intent; they are designed to commemorate the lives of men who are no longer living. Most commonly they do so by naming the places the deceased inhabited during his lifetime. These song texts and translations are introduced by Weiner. Ethnomusicologist Don Niles then brings together information about each type of song and considers these Foi genres in relation to those of neighbouring groups, highlighting aspects of regional performance styles. Consideration is also given to the poetic devices used in Papua New Guinea songs. Eighteen recordings illustrating the Foi genres discussed in this book are available for download. It remains uncertain how such songs may be affected by the major oil extraction project that has been undertaken in the region for more than two decades. This book will interest students of anthropology, ethnomusicology, linguistics, verbal art, aesthetics, and cultural heritage.
Access National edeposit: Available onsite at the National Library of Australia, Libraries ACT (ACT Heritage Library) Online access with authorization. star AU-CaNED
Subject Foi (Papua New Guinean people) -- Music.
Ethnomusicology -- Papua New Guinea -- Southern Highlands Province.
Folk music -- Papua New Guinea -- Southern Highlands Province.
Southern Highlands Province (Papua New Guinea) -- Songs and music.
Papua New Guinea -- Songs and music.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Customs & Traditions.
Ethnomusicology. (OCoLC)fst00916186
Foi (Papua New Guinean people) (OCoLC)fst01430352
Folk music. (OCoLC)fst00929383
Papua New Guinea -- Southern Highlands Province. (OCoLC)fst01233220
Papua New Guinea. (OCoLC)fst01212610
History & Archaeology.
Regions & Countries - Australia & Pacific Islands - Oceania.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Music. (OCoLC)fst01423855
Songs and music. (OCoLC)fst01985328
Added Author Niles, Don, author.
Other Form: Print version: Weiner, James F. Songs of the empty place 9781925022223 (OCoLC)893646636
ISBN 9781925022230 (electronic bk.)
1925022234 (electronic bk.)
9781925022223 (paperback)
1925022226 (paperback)
Standard No. AU@ 000053700685
AU@ 000055156827
GBVCP 1008662949
GBVCP 865769079
GBVCP 869965751
AUNED 000066435818

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