Documentation of Momu, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea

Documentation of Momu, Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea

Language: Fas, Momu
Depositor: Tom Honeyman
Location: Papua New Guinea
Deposit Id: 0216
ELDP Id: IGS0134
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit

This collection will consist of a corpus of materials on the Fas (or Momu as it is referred to locally) language. Fas is spoken in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea. There are approximately 5000 speakers spread across 19 villages. Fas has the ISO-639-3 code fqs. Fas is spoken in the region between 3°03’10.25”S, 141°12’06.90” and 3°26’48.05”E, 141°56’52.39”E.

The majority of work was carried out in Mori and Savamui village, in the north-east of that region.

Group represented
Momu/Fas speakers

Language information
Fas, referred to locally as Momu, and also known as Bembi in older literature. There are two dialects: Eastern and Western Fas. The material in this collection is Eastern Fas.

Special characteristics

Deposit contents
This deposit contains materials collected by Tom and Fiona Honeyman over 4 field trips.

Deposit history

Other information



Resources online and curated


Tom Honeyman

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2018 May 20 to 2018 May 20
Deposit hits:2
Downloaded files
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A story about ancestral customs.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

A prepared story about childbirth.

Recorded on: 2018-02-07

Antonia sings a "spirit song" composed by Andrew (from Savamui village). An explanation is included at the beginning.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

A recording of a space game. One informant sits on one side of a barrier and instructs a second informant on how to place objects that I pre-arranged on a bit of paper on the other's piece of paper.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

In this video Bernard explains the construction of a bow ring. The bow ring serves as an anchor for the vine that functions as the bow string.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

A genealogy.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

A story about the time the village got washed away in a big flood around about 1999.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

Bernard describes a large Christmas gathering organised by Tepinyi. Simon sings "double 'wo'" song at the end.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

A mythological story about the origin of people on earth, including those that were the ancestors of Clemen, who was sitting to the side as Bernard told this story.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28

Bernard and Monica narrate a version of the crow and jackal story that they together compose. They do this after first looking at a series of drawings given in no particular order.

Recorded on: 2015-10-28