How Udihe elders used rotten ash tree

A true account by an Udihe speaker, explaining how the community’s elders used pieces of rotten ash tree on newborns’ cradles to make them strong adults. For the boys’ cradles the pieces were prepared far away from home, in the seven hills where adult Udihe men go hunting.

Recording: Udihe videos were recorded by Maria Tolskaya, some with participation of Elena Perekhvalskaya, in 2006 in the village Krasnyy Yar and in 2011 in the village Agzu.