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This is an outline of what the Community Digital Archives have been doing till November, 2008 from its inception. The presentation made by Rayson K. Alex talks about the field work, documentation, ...

This is an outline of what the Community Digital Archives have been doing till November, 2008 from its inception. The presentation made by Rayson K. Alex talks about the field work, documentation, language collection, archival process and foci of research in the Digital Archive.

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    What Is Happening At Jenu Kuruba Archive What Is Happening At Jenu Kuruba Archive Presentation Transcript

    • What is happening atJenuKuruba Digital Archive
      Prepared on 25 October, 2008
      Preparedby RaysonK. Alex
    • Foci of Research
      Documentation/making of:
      Indigenous knowledge on elephants and elephant-training
      Tree-house construction
      Oral history of displacement
      Dictionary of JenuKuruba words
      Medicinal plant garden
      Cultural aspects of JenuKurubar
    • Indigenous Knowledge on Elephants
      visited Murkal hamlet where JenuKurubar train elephants
      interviewed mahouts and members of the hamlet
      videographed the activities of mahouts and elephants
      documented Dasra festival in the perspective of JenuKuruba mahouts
    • A rogue elephant being trained by a JenuKuruba mahout
    • Angusha
    • Making of angusha
    • Agga
    • Metal chains used instead of agga
    • Food made for elephants
    • Raagimuddhemade for elephants
    • Wooden bowl where food is mixed
    • Cage for untamed elephants
    • Elephant in the pond
    • Elephants drinking water from the pond
    • Elephants decorated for Dasra
    • Decorated elephant in front of Mysore Palace
    • Two trees worshipped by JenuKurubar
    • A JenuKuruba talking to a wild elephant
    • Tree-houses are built to scare wild elephants out of hamlets and cultivated lands.
    • A tree-house built on a bamboo-cluster
    • Making of a tree-house
    • Dictionary making (220 words collected)
      Strategies used in the making of dictionary:
      finding words relevant to the culture of JenuKurubar – began with words denoting parts of body, things used at home and haadi, cultural institutions, family relations, animals and birds (domesticated as well as wild)
      learning the pronunciation of the words – to find out the difference between Tamil/Malayalam and JenuKuruba – a new transliteration key to be made for JenuKuruba language for the pronunciation of some phonemes are entirely different from any other Dravidian language.
      finding the meanings of words
      understanding the grammatical specifications of words
      recording the pronunciation of words using Sound Forge Software
    • JenuKuruba words and their meanings
      nitho stop
      kattu bunch
      baayi hole
      dammu breathing trouble (asthma)
      naatha fowl smell
      aalu2 tell
      bere another
      thappu wrong
      seri right
      koobi gun
      ithaakku left side
      athaagu right side
      inthaakku back
      munthaakku front
      aleethu old
      beeja testicle
      siitha (Adj) cold
      thannage (Adj) cold
      bili (Adj) white
      basiri (Adj) pregnant
      kari (Adj) black
      osaathu (Adj) new
      neenga (Adj) you (plural)
      nee (Adj) you (singular)
      ona (Adj) dry
      alla (adv) down
      mele (adv) up
      aathu (adv) over
      guddappa (n) A person who invokes spirit (shaman)
      thenginaa (n) coconut
      athi (n) cotton
      agga (n) coir
      kooli (n) chicken
      guye (n) cave
      kattepoonja (n) centipede
      yajamaana (n) chieftain of a hamlet
      aadu (n) lamb
      banaakku (n) lamp
    • Field workers collecting medicinal plants from hamlets
    • Medicinal plants being planted in the office campus by elders
    • Medicinal plant garden
    • Documented Mini-Dasra festival at HD Kote
      two art forms of JenuKurubar displayed
      Kolaattam
      Puliyaattam
    • Puliyaattam
    • Kolaattam
    • Niralukaraivathu(niralu-shadow, karaivathu-calling)
    • Things used in ritual
    • Guddayya
    • A test to check the arrival of spirits
    • Ritual performed at the river-side
    • Fowl sacrificed during the ritual
    • Spirit came on a woman’s body
    • Chasing out of devil
    • Land being prepared for the ritual
    • Workshop done on “Digital Visualization” at Government Hostel for College students, HD Kote
    • Workshop organized by JenuKuruba Digital Archive for students at the government hostel, HD Kote
    • Mr.Ksheerasagar translating Rajasekar(photograph taken by shailandra)
    • Process of Archiving
      Writing report of the field trip in SIL software
      Naming photographs
      Storing the materials collected (photographs and audio files) as separate files on computer as per the dates on which they are taken
      Preparing log sheets for photographs audio files and video in English
      Preparing log sheets for photographs audio files and video in JenuKuruba language (at the second stage of the project)
      Uploading report, photographs and other materials collected in Wiki
      (2900 Photographs, 12 hours of audio and 25 hours of video were collected from various hamlets of JenuKurubar)
    • Report on JenuKuruba Digital Archive done on SIL Software
    • A model of Still-log sheet1. Camera model used : Canon and Fugi2. Images stored at : NFSC Archive, Nungambakkam & Digital Community archive, H.D. Kote A] Date of collection : 01 October 2008 B] Name of the project : Project of the oral history of displacement at HD.Kote C] Name of the place : H.D. Kote, Mysore3. Field notes : Mini Dasra Festival at HD Kote
    • Video log sheet – 01
      Camera model used : Panasonic MD 100
      Images stored at : NFSC Archive, Nungambakkam & Digital Community archive, H.D. Kote
      A] Date of collection : 01 October 2008
      B] Name of the project : Project of the oral history of displacement at HD.Kote
      C] Name of the cinematographer: S.Rajasekar
      D] Name of the place : H.D. Kote, Mysore 
      4. Field description : At NFSC Digital Archive Office
    • The Materials that are archived are uploaded on Wiki for a wider access
    • Report uploaded on Wiki
    • Photograph uploaded on Wiki
    • Technical training for the field workers
    • Bamboo being sliced for making photo frames
    • Photos and things used by JenuKurubar displayed in the archive
    • Photographs being shown