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Customs and Practices -- hru_1238a_customs -- Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh
Customs and Practices -- hru_1238a_customs -- Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh
Vijay D'Souza (researcher)
Govardhan Nimasow (consultant)
Thomas Small (recorder)
Vijay D'Souza
University of Oxford
The videos in the three bundles hru_1238a_customs, hru_1238b_nyetomiiny and hru_1238c_kyonzuvoziiw by Govardhan Nimasow, shot in the dimly lit kitchen above the concrete house of Govardhan Nimasow, at Palizi village, are precious for the following reasons: First,from the linguistic point of view, the two bundles hru_1238a_customs, and hru_1238_kyonzuvoziiw, are in the formal register. It is a poetic, formulaic and authoritative discourse delivered in a distinct exhortative style. The speech is full of classic vocabulary of concepts and terms that fewer and fewer people understand today. Govardhan is regarded as one of the best and among the last few who can comfortably speak this register. Secondly, the bundle hru_1238b_nyetomiiny is a very important mythological song, dear to the Hrusso Akas and is sung on important occasions and rites of passage. Again, fewer and fewer people are able to sing and understand it today. The video hru_1238a_customs summarises the belief system and the philosophy of the Hrusso Akas. Govardhan speaks about some important customs and practices, and while doing so also explains why they're important for the Hrusso Aka. community. Thus the video gives a deeper glimpse into the Hrusso Aka worldview. The video hru_1238c_kyonzuvoziiw is the mythological story of the two brothers, Kyonzüw and Vovzüw. It is a genealogical myth of the Parisow and Nimasow clans. Govardhan Nimasow is an important leader of the Hrusso Aka community. He is the current president of the Hrusso Elite Society (equivalent of a general council, 'elite' being some sort of a misnomer). Reording Conditions: The video was shot in somewhat noisy village surroundings. Govardhan's house is right in the middle of Palizi village, close to the main road. Video: Redorded with Canon XA20, settings - Auto. Audio: Micropones: Audio Technica 803B lavalier omnidirectional condenser microphones - 2, one for each stereo channel, both attached to speaker's collar. Audio recorded directly on Canon XA20 video camera using XLR inputs and extracted later as .wav files (archived here) using Any Video Coverter software. Recording Specs: Sample rate 48000 Hz, 32 bit float.
Born in Karnataka, India. Working in Northeast India as a Jesuit since 1999. Involved with Hrusso Aka orthography development and language support since 1999, having learned the language at Palizi while teaching. Currently doing a DPhil (PhD) in linguistics at the University of Oxford, UK (Thesis: A Grammar of Hrusso Aka). Founder and leader of the Hrusso Literature Team, formed in 2017.
Son of Dola and Sonam (hru: Tsonam) Nimasow (née Dususow). Exact date and month of birth are unknown. A public figure, at the time of recording, Govardhan was the regnant president of the apex body of the tribe, 'The Hrusso Aka Society'. The Nimasow clan was settled in Buragaon, but were led back to their ancestral village, Palizi, by Govardhan in the 1980s. Before becoming a public leader, he worked in the Forest Dep't of Arunachal. Original village: Palizi, but born and raised in Buragaon
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Archive: Endangered Languages Archive
Online: Yes
Subject language: English
Subject language: Hindi
Subject language: Hruso
Language family: Germanic
Language family: Indic
Language family: Indo-European
Language family: Indo-Iranian
Language family: Sino-Tibetan
Geographic region: Asia
Geographic region: Europe
Contributor: Govardhan Nimasow
Contributor: Thomas Small
Contributor: Vijay D'Souza
Publisher: University of Oxford
Publisher: Vijay D'Souza
Title: Customs and Practices -- hru_1238a_customs -- Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh
Other coverage: India
Other date: 2016-04-24
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Other subject: English
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