Okanagan Salish Stories and Songs

Mss.Rec.101

Date: 1961, 1966, 1971 | Size: 2 reel(s)

Abstract

Okanagan Salish stories with English translations; free conversation on dialectical variations in Okanagan and borrowing from French and English; elicitation sessions covering animal names, fish names, body parts, and words containing fricatives; Catholic hymns in Okanagan and Chinook. Recorded in Penticton, Spectacle Lake, and head of Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, in 1961, 1966, and 1971.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

2 sound tape reels (2 hr., 4 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, 2 track, mono ; 5 in.

2 sound tape reels (2 hr., 4 min.) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, 2 track, mono ; 5 in.

Provenance

Presented by Donald Watkins in 1975 (Acc. 1975 50.b rec). This material was recorded with the assistance of a Phillips Fund grant.

Processing information

Collection digitized and cataloged by Brian Carpenter during the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded audio digitization project, 2008-2014.

Related material

Project report, letter to APS Librarian, and detailed tape contents available in Phillips Fund Collection (Mss.497.3.Am4).

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Sound recordings

Subject(s)

  • Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions
  • Chinook jargon
  • Okanagan Indians -- Folklore
  • Okanagan Indians -- Music
  • Okanagan language


Detailed Inventory

Reel 1
 1 sound_tape_reel
01-01. Watkins, Donald. Gabriel, Louise.
Prayers and Conversation with Louise
19711 .mp3; 00:06:22

Includes prayers: Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Apostles' Creed. Followed by conversation with selected vocabulary items.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:06:22


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan language; Okanagan Indians -- Music; Anthropological linguistics; Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions; Okanagan Indians -- Religion

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5247

01-02. Watkins, Donald. Pierre, Larry.
Conversation with Larry Pierre with some vocabulary items
19711 .mp3; 00:08:14

A conversation used to establish words containing voiced velar fricatives and pharyngeal fricatives.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:08:14


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan language; Anthropological linguistics

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5245

01-03. Watkins, Donald. Pierre, Larry. Armstrong, Willie.
Conversation with Larry Pierre and Willie Armstrong
19691 .mp3; 00:17:40

Conversation on dialectical variations in Okanagan, borrowings from English and French, and animal and fish names.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:17:40


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan Indians -- Ethnozoology; French language -- Influence on Okanagan; English language -- Influence on Okanagan; Okanagan language -- Dialects; Okanagan language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5240

01-04. Pierre, Larry. Watkins, Donald.
Okanagan word list: Common body parts
19661 .mp3; 00:27:41

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:27:41


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan language; Anthropological linguistics; Human body -- Terminology

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5244

01-05. Watkins, Donald. Lezard, George.
Okanagan story
19661 .mp3; 00:02:51

Story told by George Lezard, an Okanagan monoglot.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:02:51


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan Indians -- Folklore; Okanagan language; Anthropological linguistics

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5249

Reel 2
 1 sound_tape_reel
02-01. Gregoire, Tommy. Watkins, Donald.
Esnéna ecáwc ("The Owl's Affair")
1971-081 .mp3; 00:07:02

"The tale of Owl, who kidnapped a boy. Accounts for the origin of the loon and its ghostly call."

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:07:02


Geographic Name(s): Okanagan Indian Reserve (B.C.)

Subject(s): Anthropological linguistics; Loons -- Folklore; Okanagan Indians -- Folklore; Owls -- Folklore; Okanagan language

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5238

02-02. Watkins, Donald. Abel, Mary. Abel, Joe.
Reaction discussion to Tommy Gregoire's story
1971-081 .mp3; 00:04:59

Okanagan speech by George Lezard, with inter-sentence translation by Larry Pierre. Topic concerns sources of food and the problem of conflicting cultlures.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:04:59


Geographic Name(s): Okanagan Indian Reserve (B.C.)

Subject(s): Owls -- Folklore; Okanagan Indians -- Folklore; Okanagan language; Anthropological linguistics; Loons -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5243

02-03. Watkins, Donald. Pierre, Larry. Lezard, George.
Story of the old days
19661 .mp3; 00:17:51

Concerns "sources of food and the problem of conflicting cultures" drawn from the speaker's recollections of a conversation with a Catholic priest.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:17:51


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan language; Anthropological linguistics; Okanagan Indians -- Food; Okanagan Indians -- Social life and customs; Autobiography

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5248

02-04. Watkins, Donald. Holding, Margaret.
Song: "Communion Hymn"
1961-08-171 .mp3; 00:01:53

Recorded at Spectacle Lake in Washington state. Misidentified by collector as being located in British Columbia.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:01:53


Geographic Name(s): Okanogan County (Wash.)

Subject(s): Anthropological linguistics; Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions; Okanagan language; Okanagan Indians -- Religion; Okanagan Indians -- Music

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5241

02-05. Watkins, Donald. Holding, Margaret.
Some further examples of Christian hymns sung in Okanagan
19611 .mp3; 00:05:21

Recorded at Spectacle Lake in Washington state. Misidentified by collector as being located in British Columbia.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:05:21


Geographic Name(s): Okanogan County (Wash.)

Subject(s): Okanagan language; Okanagan Indians -- Music; Anthropological linguistics; Catholic Church -- Prayers and devotions; Okanagan Indians -- Religion

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5246

02-06. Pierre, Larry. Watkins, Donald.
Eagle and Fox
19661 .mp3; 00:08:53

Whole story given first in Okanagan, then in English.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:08:53


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Okanagan language; Okanagan Indians -- Folklore; Anthropological linguistics; Coyote -- Folklore; Eagles -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5242

02-07. Watkins, Donald. Pierre, Selina. Pierre, Larry.
Owl, Rabbit, and Chipmunk
19661 .mp3; 00:15:13

Whole story given first in Okanagan, then in English.

Location of originals: This file is a compressed, digitized version of the original. The APS Library maintains the original format (Sound tape reel) as well as an uncompressed digitized version of this recording.

General physical description: 00:15:13


Geographic Name(s): Penticton (B.C.)

Subject(s): Chipmunks -- Folklore; Okanagan language; Rabbits -- Folklore; Owls -- Folklore; Okanagan Indians -- Folklore

Access digital object:
http://diglib.amphilsoc.org/fedora/repository/audio:5239