A geographical study of Sakaka
Department of Geography, Teacher's College, Mubi
Unpublished Local Study
|Sarkaka near Mbar: 14 Nkayo seasonal dance marking the start
of the rainy season. Men and women (bearing food) gather, blessed by priest)
15 Mabalch is ism to mark the harvest.
16 Papalc dance for both men and women
clebrating communal fishing party. Pregnant women warned in advance not to
wash in the river, nor to take part in case they pollute the river by bleeding
into it! Priest first throws stone into the water, a fish should jump to show
acceptance, if not more prayers and throw more stones - if no fish jumping
then may postpone the expedition. Afterwards give fish to priest, eat then
dance - 3 days and eat no red meat. New child - some time later - can be as
long as a month after birth big feast - many gather - priest leads F out of
house with hands over his eyes and thn shows him the sun "for the first time"
repeat with M and the new baby. Then eat and drink, dance round plate and
guest put offering for the newborn on the plate. Mrge: bride is fattened at
grooms compound in seclusion for 1 month before celebration - she dances in
public as new wife. Big feast baboon = mbok "fox" = do-lla bush fowl =
nkombork egret = tacer butterfly = madakdu grasshopper=mbater
90 kaka speak
Sah lang sim. to 2 "other tribes of Mambilla".
94 In mid 1950s women still
wearing "cawa" loin cloth.
96 can enter house, even bed room and sit on bed of
a woman without asking permission or offence. Sexual joking and play between
sexes possible without offence. 98 History refuge from slave raids. Some split
off and became 1) Tep Kwar 2) the Sam and 3) part of Barup. They all speak
same language with some small diffs. Basket nggieh, fishing net lam-b spear
head golngh, mat Dago, pot Shienh, mortar Kab
218 Sign carried by messanger with serious message - 3 branches, centre one tied in a knot.
219 whistling language
- used by a few people 220 Death - go to ritual enclosure and beat drums as
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