[Mihalic] singsing kaur
lynch_j at VANUATU.USP.AC.FJ
Tue Jan 31 14:48:02 EST 2006
kaur is a reasonably widespread word in the New Guinea area meaning
'bamboo', 'kind of bamboo', and/or 'musical instrument made from bamboo' -
cf. Tolai kaur among others.
From: Stuart Robinson [mailto:Stuart.Robinson at mpi.nl]
Sent: Tuesday, 31 January 2006 2:22 p.m.
To: Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies
Cc: mihalic at anu.edu.au
Subject: RE: [Mihalic] singsing kaur
> Both terms should get there eventually, I hope. "Singsing kaur" is not in
> Mihalic's dictionary and actually that is the only context in which I've
> ever heard "kaur" used. As for a definition of "singsing kaur", I'd
> something like:
So maybe "kaur" doesn't exist independently. Does anyone have any idea
where it comes from? Incidentally, I've heard two variants of the term
there: "singsing kaur" and "singsing kaul".
> music/dance from North Solomons Province consisting of singing accompanied
> by an ensemble of double-row bamboo panpipes, end-blown bamboo trumpets
> together in raft form, and end-blown wooden trumpets--all instruments
> restricted to North Solomons. Wooden trumpet players dance in a circle
> moving clockwise, while singers and other instrumentalists dance around
> in the opposite direction.
That's a fair characterization of what I understand by the term. But is it
really that specific?
> Has anyone heard this term used to refer to any music/dance from outside
> North Solomons?
My experience with the term is limited to Bougainville.
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