21. tonori, sung by Mathew Tongia & Benjamin Rukam (Lisel, Niolam) 1:07 2008/103

The tonori is a Lihirian secret society of fishermen, and the eagle is their symbol. In this song the initiate fishermen, or eagles, are encouraged to sing to entice fish into their waters. The fish are conjured with reference to their heads and eyes.

ee kam be tu riri e

ee this is our pool of seawater

kam be tu rire tarango

this is our pool of seawater eagle

maut a kamu riri

maut fish your heads are in the pool

kasien a kamu riri

kasien fish your heads are in the pool

a kamu rire tarango

your heads are in the pool eagle

a kamu riri

your heads are in the pool

a kamu rire tarango

your heads are in the pool eagle

maskambe mata mu riri

maskambe fish your eyes are in the pool

maut mata mu riri

maut fish your eyes are in the pool

mata mu rire tarango

your eyes are in the pool eagle

mata mu riri

your eyes are in the pool

mata mu rire tarango

your eyes are in the pool eagle

22. nirum, sung by Alois Kokon and friends (Pango, Niolam) 1:24 1008/146

Nirum are sung during the early stage of a feast, when pigs are brought in to the feasting area to be cooked. Usually they are sung as part of a series of songs, and are characterised by their chorus ‘weh’. This nirum alerts people that the pig is arriving and they must prepare the stone oven.

o

o

- we

- we

ee go pi lome

ee you people from here

gon lalmi sam gon de lalumio yien

all of you hear me first, all of you have to listen to me here

- we

- we

ri lon gen so

light the stone oven

- we

- we

o

o

- we

- we

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