Chapter 3: Boduitem

The Boduitem are the people of Boduit creek which runs from the north to the south, joining Gədəgəp creek before it joins the Urieb river. Urieb enters the Hawain river system, discharging into Bismarck Sea and the islands of Yuwo, Muschu and Kariru in the great Pacific Ocean. The Beiduokɨm or Peiruom were Boikin language speakers and the Boduitem people were Arapesh or Buki speakers.

At the time of Wautogig’s founding, there were other people already in that region. Between the Boduit creek and the Məbəm River, there was another nation of Buki speakers known as Warepim. They occupied the upper ridges of Məbəm River, bordering Kotai to the northwest and the Yeminip-Womowia and the Kubɨren people to the northwest.

The Urieb ridges and the northern ridges of Məbəm south of Kogounit creek were occupied by Beiduokɨm people, while the lands farther north, towards the coast, were occupied by the Walanduoms.1 The Savakun Wambia and Womagaps share borders with the Kwangen people and the Humunduo people to the east.2

Inland from Dogur village the land was occupied by Bogumatai people and a small nomadic group called the Coduokum. The Coduokum occupied the Yəhərəgi-Poiya ridges, while the Bogumatais occupied Gluia country. The people of Gluia village were known as Gluiaim.3

Thus, at the time that Yəhələgɨr moved to Dagububu, he followed his wife’s people, the Boduitem. There was no village called Wautogig and no nation of people called Wautogigem. The Wautogigem, until a generation before the Pacific War, were a part of Kotai nation.


1 Jacob Sonin disagrees that the Beiduokɨm owned this land. He asserts that it belongs to another line of people called Sereibɨs. Listen.

2 Homunduo is the Boikin name. Kumundu is the Arapesh name.Listen.

3 Jacob Sonin offers another version of these events. He says this is not about the movements of Yəhələgɨr. It is a story from Bogumatai. Listen.

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