Documentation of the oral literature of the Tai Khamyang community in Upper Assam, India


Documentation of the oral literature of the Tai Khamyang community in Upper Assam, India

Language: Tai Khamyang
Depositor: Palash Kumar Nath
Location: India
Deposit Id: 0298
Grant id: SG0249
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit
The highest priority of this project is to document the oral literature along with some of the old written manuscripts available in the community. The documentation method will be to collect as much data in audio, video and still image format. Transcription and translation of the recorded will take place simultaneously. For this project, it is proposed to use widely available formats such as .wav for sound files, .mpg for video files, .jpg for photographs. This will be done in following categories: 1. Oral history: Under this category, this project will record the available native speakers of the community who are capable of narrating their oral history. Along with history, this project will also record any narration relating to information regarding their traditional medicinal knowledge, their cultural values, about their festivals and religious beliefs etc. 2. Documentation of manuscripts: Important old manuscripts and other valuable written literature in the community will be digitized. Once such written documents are photographed efforts will be made to transcribe and interpret them with the help of the language consultants. 2. Songs, rituals, rhymes: During my contact with the community members, a number old man and women let me know that there are a number of very old and traditional songs which are sung at different occasions in the year. So these songs and other ritualistic chanting will be recorded during the span of this project.

Group represented
Tai Khamyang

Language information
Tai-Khamyang (ISO 639-3:ksu) is a highly endangered language of the Tai-kadai family spoken in the Upper Assam area of Northeast India. With only 25-20 (appx) fluent native speakers, this language is facing extinction as young generation shift to Assamese the state language and English. This project aims at audio and video documentation of the oral literature (history, traditional stories, songs etc) still narrated and sung by some of the older members of the community which will be used to produce textbooks and other language learning materials for revitalizing the use this language by its young native speakers.

Status

Collection online
Resources online and curated

Depositor

Palash Kumar Nath
Affiliation: Linguist/ community worker

Deposit Statistics

Data from 2019 August 17 to 2019 August 17
Deposit hits:2
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This is the video recording of the first part of the narration of a story in Khamyang language.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This is the recording of the second part of the Khamyang story

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This is the video recording of the recording event of the words related to washing clothes in Khamyang language.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This is the video recording of a narration on birth rituals among the Tai Khamyangs.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This is the audio recording of a narration on birth rituals among the Tai Khamyangs.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This .pdf file contains the photographs of worn out pages of a valuable book written in Tai script.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This is the recording of the launch of a traditional sky rocket made by the youths of the Tai Khamyang community.

Recorded on: 2015-11-26




This is the video recording of a call that was made by Chowsa Seng Pangyok who is one of the eldest members of the community to the younger generation not to leave their language.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This is the video recording of a call that was made by Bhogeswar Thoumung who is one of the eldest members of the community to the younger generation not to leave their language.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17




This video shows the consultant who is one of the few older members of the community who can fluently use the Tai Khamyang language crossing the river Burhidihing for washing his clothes.

Recorded on: 2018-02-17