This page includes descriptions of known participants and contributors to recordings found in the collections on the True Echoes website. This information will be updated as the website is developed.

Monakewo

Malinowski described Monakewo as “a great friend of mine” (Malinowski 1929:68) and “one of my best linguistic commentators” (Malinowski 1935:38). Monakewo was Paluwa’s son, and lived in Omarakana. Malinowski mentioned him many times in his texts, and noted working with him on a number of occasions. Monakewo helped Malinowski back from another village one evening when Malinowski was unwell (Malinowski 1967:295).

Recorded in the Trobriand Islands by Bronislaw Malinowski, between July 1915 and October 1918.

Paluwa

Paluwa was a Trobriand Islander of low rank from the village of Omarakana (Malinowski 1967:295). He had three sons, including Monakewo, and three daughters, and “discussed his troubles … at length” with Malinowski (Malinowski 1929:80).

Recorded in the Trobriand Islands by Bronislaw Malinowski, between July 1915 and October 1918.

Tokulubakiki

Malinowski described Tokulubakiki as his “best friend” (Malinowski 1929:148) and his “favourite informant in Omarakana,” saying that he could always rely on Tokulubakiki’s “honesty, goodwill and dispassionate reflection” (Malinowski 1929:161). He noted in a letter to his wife that Tokulubakiki was “a decent, honest, straightforward man” (Wayne 1995:151).

Tokulubakiki was from the chiefly clan, and his father was one of the chiefs of Omarakana. Malinowski mentioned working with Tokulubakiki on many occasions, with magic and linguistics being common topics (Malinowski 1967:293, 295, 296, 310). Malinowski took a number of photographs of Tokulubakiki (Malinowski 1922:plate 9; 1929:236; Young 1998:50, 54, 68, 69, 129), and also of Tokulubakiki and Kuwo’igu, his wife (Malinowski 1929:plate 26).

Recorded in the Trobriand Islands by Bronislaw Malinowski, between July 1915 and October 1918.