H. Arlo Nimmo Papers - Songs, Kata Kata Chants, Box 9

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The papers of H. Arlo Nimmo document his field research among the Bajau (also known as Sama Dilaut) in Tawi-Tawi Province in the southern Philippines in 1963, 1965-1967, 1977, 1982, and 1997. The collection consists of correspondence, field journals, censuses, genealogies, kinship charts, transcripts of songs, unpublished manuscripts, card files, photographs, sound recordings, and maps. Nimmo's initial research focused on social change, but he collected data about other aspects of Bajau culture, including social organization, kinship, religion, fishing, boats, boat-building, art, and music. Help us transcribe the songs that Nimmo recorded and translated to make this material searchable and more accessible for researchers around the world. The kata-kata chants are sung because of a critical illness or crisis among the Bajau. They stem from an ancient tradition of chants in Samal, the Bajau language, and are known, and sung, by only a few older men within the community, who are paid for their services. Please note that this material may be in English and/or other languages of the Malayo-Polynesian language family.

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