A multi-media digital corpus of siPhuthi

A multi-media digital corpus of siPhuthi

Language: SiPhûthî
Depositor: Sheena Shah
Location: Lesotho
Deposit Id: 0506
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Sheena Shah
Affiliation: SOAS University of London

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Diketso Thonkha explains how her great grandfather, Matlajana, together with his cousin, Faru, were the first people to arrive at Mosenekeng. From Phamong, they first travelled to and settled at the red mountain (Thaba Khubelu). From there, they saw Mosenekeng and decided to move there. Diketso is the main person speaking in this interview, although some of the other women at times provide additional information.

Recorded on: 2016-02-11

Mohlabi Hlaela (local councillor, from Hlaela) outlines the challenges his village faces, such as insufficient water supply, non-existing infrastructure (sick people have to be carried to the health clinic, 8km in mountainous terrain), the same long distance to attend the only primary school in the area and to any kind of shop. Mohlabi is interviewed by Maseeiso in Sesotho; Mohlabi summarises his main points in siPhûthî.

Recorded on: 2016-01-30

Four out of the eleven children at the creche in Ha Sekhobe (Daliwe) are baPhûthî. Their teacher (a moPhûthî) asks them some questions in siPhûthî about themselves and their families. Two of the four children begin their answers in Sesotho (the medium of instruction at the creche) and the teacher corrects them and asks them to reply in their mother tongue, siPhûthî.

Recorded on: 2019-03-01

Malillo explains how she used to climb high up in the mountains as a young girl to collect wild vegetables. She mentions the different wild vegetables found in her region, how they can be cooked, and how they taste.

Recorded on: 2019-02-25

Labothabiso explains how to cook pap.

Recorded on: 2019-02-14

Mohlabi Hlaela and Makabelo Ncheba (both from Hlaela) greet each other in siPhûthî.

Recorded on: 2016-01-30

Malillo compares life in Ha Mafura (where she lived before she got married) and Ha Sekhobe (where she currently lives). According to her, the main differences between the two villages relate to access to firewood, access to water, availability of transport and walking distance to the nearest school.

Recorded on: 2019-02-25

The women from the women's empowerment group in Ha Sekhobe sing happy birthday to Freya.

Recorded on: 2019-02-27

Nzuzo narrates a story which he heard as a young boy when herding lifestock near the Tele river. Near to where he was herding lifestock is a small lake. He was told that every time you pass it, you have to throw a coin in the lake, as there is a snake in the water, which might otherwise swallow you.

Recorded on: 2019-02-14