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Dictionary of Netwar (Lenakel language)



This is the first ever extensive dictionary of Netwar language (western Tanna, Republic of Vanuatu) published online. It is the fruit of several years of my work among the inhabitants of the island of Tanna. It contains translations of local expressions, pronunciation recordings and photographic documentation. Its purpose is to help in the preservation of the language and in passing it to the young generation.

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dance

  •  (generic term) n napuk 
  •  v ol napuk 
     Ex.: Talauk iakol napuk apa Lowkweria.  ~ Tomorrow I will go to dance to Lowkweria.
  •  n kéisa 
    belonging to the family of 'naléwa'.
  •  n kopwiélkopwiél 
    belonging to the family of 'naléwa'.
  •  n namilo 
    belonging to the family of 'naléwa'. Danced only during the celebration of 'kamaru nuw'. At the end of the dance, the dancers make a movement like throwing a stone, by which, in a symbolic manner, they throw the 'kawar taha nuw' down to the villages on the seashore and thus they allow them to eat yams at the beginning of the harvest.
  •  n nowanarwiu 
    belonging to the family of 'naléwa'. Danced only during the time, when eating yam is taboo.
  •  n naléwa 
    family of traditional dances containing, as an important choreographic element, fast movements of the dancers from one side to another.
  •  n nemawio 
    family of traditional dances, during which the participants turn around in a circle.
  •  n siosio 
    kind of customary dance.
  •  n nasal 
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The fifth in the order of dances, danced in the morning.
  •  n nuhupuka
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The first in the order of dances. lit. "leg of a pig".
  •  n nau 
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The fourth in the order of dances, danced during the sunrise.
  •  n napenapen 
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The second in the order of dances, danced during the night.
  •  n nemawio 
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The seventh and the last in the order of dances, danced early in the afternoon. Follows the ceremonial killing of pigs.
  •  n kasasiwo 
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The sixth in the order of dances, danced around the noon.
  •  n toka 
    kind of important dance performed during the celebration of 'nekowiar'. The third in the order of dances, danced in the time, when 'Fétukai' appears on the morning sky.
  •  n nima taha niéré
    kind of legendary dance performed by living stones in times when human dance did not yet exist. Its rhythm and figures are different to those found in human dances.
  •  n nowanaloumaga
    kind originating from the Létakeren zone. Said to be the first ever human dance.

Speaker: Noël Yeru (Lowanatom)

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