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The Living, Dead and Dying: Music of the New Guinea Wape

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The Living, Dead and Dying: Music of the New Guinea Wape

The Living, Dead and Dying: Music of the New Guinea Wape is an exploration of a highly ceremonial and musical culture. Recorded over an 18-month period spanning 1970 and 1971, anthropologist William E. Mitchell documents a people struggling with famine and disease. To combat their struggle, they hold curing festivals, sing demon chants, and conduct other musical remedies. This field recording consists of songs from these events, as well as a number of typical routines and rituals of the Wape people, such as the burning of bamboo trees to clear out unwanted fog that settles in villages. The liner notes include short descriptions of each track and photographs of Wape life.

Track Listing

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Call to the Forest Yamtulu calling to her sister, Sengu in te Taute Village 1:01
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102
Parade of the Niyl Masks Celebrants in the Wilkili Village 3:45
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103
Maikasi Chant Young people in the Otemgi Village 1:12
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104
Mani Demon Chants Men of the Taute Village 3:00
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105
Mani Demon Chants Men of the Wilkili Village 2:01
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106
Wene Demon Chants Men of the Taute Village 2:50
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107
Poril Demon Chants Men of the Wilkili Village 8:06
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201
Death of Waibu Two sisters and their husbands of the Taute Village 3:01
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202
Epilo's Funeral Women mourners of the Taute Village 1:12
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203
Entrance of the Mani Mask Women of the Wilkiki Village 1:09
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204
Mani Demon Chants (Solo) Suwe a men from the Taute Village 3:38
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205
Bamboo Fire Ritual Burning bamboo thicket in the Taute Village 0:55
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206
A Lonely Wife's Lament So'ope, a monan of Taute Village 1:35
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207
The Reluctant Bride's Lament Kuruwai, a man of Taute Village 1:47
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208
Lament of Ugly Man & the Brother In-Laws Lament Waiape, a man of Tuatue Village 3:18
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209
Lament of Parisko Maidens Yenge, a boy of Taute Village 3:02
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210
Lament of Compromised Maiden Kumoi, a man of Taute Village 1:30
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211
Night Laughter Bilu, an older man with women and young people in the Taute Village 1:01
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212
Call to the Forest Suwe calling to her daughter in the Taute Village 0:54
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