By Hein van der Voort
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The indigenous nations were divided into groups which lived separately from each other along the tributaries of the Guaporé and Pimenta Bueno rivers. It appears that these groups formed or were part of autonomous “clans” often referred to by animal names. Clans formed unstable alliances against other alliances across linguistic borders and plurilingualism was not uncommon. There were frequent visits, festive contests, and trade between allied clans. At intertribal parties headball, which involved a ball of inflated natural rubber of about 15 cm diameter, was one of the most important games.
Introduction workers is that the linguistic data should be processed right away in the field. This was hardly possible in my case because of the attention we got from the many children and the way we were involved in community life. The different sessions in the field consisted of formal elicitation of word lists and minimal pairs. These were recorded on tape for phonological documentation and analysis. Furthermore, I asked for translations into Kwaza of series of Portuguese sentences which I had based on Comrie and Smith’s (1977) and Dahl’s (1985) questionnaires, and on the three volumes edited by Shopen (1985).
This was only fortunate since he turned out to be an excellent teacher and a very considerate friend. Although I also did fieldwork with other speakers of Kwaza, we lived mainly with Mario and his family in Barroso. Another important warning in fieldwork manuals and from experienced field 29. Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, ‘national council of scientific and technological development’. 16 1. Introduction workers is that the linguistic data should be processed right away in the field.