A preliminary documentation of the Okiek language of Kenya


A preliminary documentation of the Okiek language of Kenya

Language: Okiek (ISO639-3:oki)
Depositor: Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor
Location: Kenya
Deposit Id: 0412
Grant id: SG0394
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
This is a preliminary Okiek language documentation project. Okiek is one of the languages in the Kalenjin macrolanguage (Ethnologue). According to the Kenya Population Census of 2009, the Okiek number 76,000. They live scattered in Kuresoi, Narok South and in the region of Mt. Elgon and are also found in Tanzania. The Okiek generally, and especially those of Tinet (Kuresoi South where the documentation will take place), are eager to preserve their language and culture even though the existence of linguistic diversity around them and the socio-ecomomic changes in their way of life hinder this. Okiek is a highly endangered so far unwritten minority language. The project therefore documents not only the Okiek language and its structure but also its cultural, social and political dimensions (as recommended by Bowern (2011) for highly endangered languages) by audio and video recording conversations, songs, narratives, poems, proverbs and ceremonies associated with circumcision, bee keeping, etc. A good part of the audio / visual corpus obtained will be annotated and transcribed. It will be translated into English which is one of the official languages of Kenya.

Status

Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Jane Akinyi Ngala Oduor
Affiliation: University of Nairobi

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2018 December 17 to 2018 December 17
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This is a story session involving a conversation between the speaker and the audience. There are two stories. There first one is on a child who is being asked if he/she has locked up the cattle and another on a child who refuses to eat because her father is not there.

Recorded on: 2018-01-25




This is a song (by four singers) on a child crying to be educated. One singer goes on to explain how the only education that was their before was that of hunting in the forest and how the forest is depleted.

Recorded on: 2018-01-25




The speaker narrates a story in which a father asks his child to open the door for him and says that he had gone to search for food. The child responds affirmatively.

Recorded on: 2018-01-25




The four singers tell a story of a friend in the garden of their friend as they list some of the traditions of the Okiek. They sing of their forest which has been destroyed and they are pleading with the government to help them.

Recorded on: 2018-01-25




The speaker narrates about a man who went to the forest and met a cannibal. He was afraid that the cannibal would eat him so he went and killed an animal and threw it at the cannibal. The cannibal was so full that it fell asleep and the man killed it instantly.

Recorded on: 2018-01-25




The speaker narrates a story of some men who found flies in milk which they usually poured on meat. A man was sent to the forest to fetch water and never came back. He was followed by other men who never came back. Only one man remained. This man found out that an ogre had eaten up all the other men. He pretended to be its friend then he killed it. The men who were eaten came out alive.

Recorded on: 2017-07-22




This is a conversation between two speakers who are identifying various Okiek proverbs.

Recorded on: 2017-02-18




The speaker gives a few notes on how age-sets were formed in those days and now.

Recorded on: 2018-04-05




The speaker tells us how ailments were treated with herbs in the olden days and why people fall sick nowadays.

Recorded on: 2018-04-05




The speaker gives an illustration on how they hunted down wild animals. He goes on to narrate how honey birds were sent by God to help man harvest honey among others. He then goes on to say how the forests have been cleared and these birds and wild game have migrated. He concludes by saying how this deforestation is still going on.

Recorded on: 2018-04-05