Saturday, November 04, 2006

The never ending Tasaday controversy...

original Tasaday photos that appeared in the National Geographic Magazine in the 70's

Mt. Tasaday

Tasaday food consists of bugs and beetles

A Tasaday child carrying a metal bolo - stoneage huh? :)

a recent visit by anthropologist to the Tasaday community shows that they have learned to farm and plant rice

In the 1970's the "Tasaday" were "discovered" by Marcos crony Manuel "Manda" Elizalde in the jungles of Mt. Tasaday in Cotabato. Reported to still be living in the "stone age", the images of the Tasaday stunned and fascinated the world. However it was easier for some international celebrities to visit the Tasaday than for select researchers from the National Museum and abroad who were given limited access by the PANAMIN (Presidential Assistant on National Minorities) to the Tasaday and their cavesite. In fact the research period was cut short and the area closed off to all outsiders in 1973.

In 1986, the Marcos regime fell. Elizalde fled the country, and visiting journalists discovered the Tasaday wearing modern day clothes. Was the story of a "stone age people" still living in this modern world an elaborate hoax? The 1986 International Conference on the Tasaday was organized by the UP Department of Anthropology and the Ugnayang Pang-Aghamtao, Inc (UGAT) to discuss the Tasaday case and the many implications for practice in Anthropology.
Meanwhile, the "Tasaday people" went on with their lives, now under the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA), they are claiming as ancestral domain some 19,000 hectares of the "Tasaday-Manubo Blit Preserve" that President Marcos had set aside for them in Proclamation No. 955. The Tasaday have come a long way from being projected as "stone age people" to being ancestral domain claimants today.
This photos, are the same snapshots presented to the world in 1972 through the National Geographic magazine and PANAMIN publications, and in 2003 field visit of Professor Ponciano Bennagen to orient the community regarding their ancestral domain claim, and Israel Cabanilla to conduct archeological exploration of the original site, a basic report on which had never been done.
The UGAT and the UP Department of Anthropology held the Tasaday Forum on August 17, 2006 at the Bulwagang Claro M. Recto in UP Diliman, to discuss continuing issues of representation of the Tasaday and their implications for the practice of "Public Interest Anthropology". The event was also a commemmoration of the Internationa Tasaday Conference held in August 1986, which was sponsored by the UP Anthropology department and UGAT.
(text taken form the Tasaday Exhibit of the UP Anthropology Department)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A Gathering of Intellectuals

UP Anthropology professor Maria Mangahas, daughter of SWS chief Mahar Mangahas, served as
moderator in one of the sessions at the swanky CBA conference room

University of Hawaii professor Dr. Federico Magdalena believes that the main motivator
of the Filipino diaspora is poverty...
UP Archaeology Professor Dr. Armand Mijares, proposes that LGU's should have at least one archeologist

a smile for the cameraman
a presentors daughter making herself useful

Dr. Mary Racelis of Ateneo de Manila raises a point in defense of Sweet Cabanilla

UP Archeologist, Pof. Israel "sweet" Cabanilla, reiterated that the Tasaday Tribe is a hoax and that we have once again put the country to shame in the International Anthropological community for insisting that it is not. His talk triggered a heated debate between him and Linda Burton of Xavier University who insisted that there is sufficient evidence that the Tasaday Tribe did exist and still exist. Dr. Cabanilla countered that it is virtually impossible for human beings to exist in such high altitude with no source of food and water and the cave not ideal for habitation. (watch out for the video of Dr.Cabanilla's Tasaday expose which i will be posting soon)

Anne Ferrazini, talks about the Davao Museum before and after the 2006 Asian Tourism Forum

UGAT Founder and UP Anthropology professor Dr. Ponciano Bennagen

UGAT President and UP Anthropology professor Dr. Eufracio Abaya

UP anthropology instructor and member of UGAT Executive Committee Rosa Castillo

UP anthropology instructor Erika Rey presented a paper titled "Hunger, Foodlesness,Self-images:
An exploration of the Cultural Dimensions and Meanings of Food Insecurity in a Globalizing World"

MA candidate Jiah Sayson of University of San Carlos presented a paper titled: "The Struggle Against Mining in Oriental Mindoro: A Social Development for Sustainable Development".

UP professor Dr.Felipe Jocano Jr., son of the great F. Landa Jocano, a veritable who's who in
Philippine anthropology presented a paper entitled, "Unbinding the warriors way: A Filipino martial
arts in the age of globalization"

PhD candidate of University of London Olivia Swift presented a paper entitled "Women in watery world?: Flexibilities of Filipino International Seafaring"

Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Anthropological Association of the Philippines National Conference Draws to a Close

a human skull inside a burial jar found in Barangay Magsuhot, Bacong

assorted trinkets and bracelets made of seashells

museum main viewing room
Dr. Ike Oracion and the glass encased Palawan baskets which he had helped collect
Burial jars dug at Magsuhot Bacong
artifacts from the Mountain Province
the attic of Silliman Hall transformed into an art gallery
welcome dinner held at the ground floor of the century old Silliman HallThe welcome video i made was shown during the opening ceremony, showing sights and sounds of Silliman, Dumaguete, Oriental Negros and some scenes on the ongoing Buglasan Festival at the Freedom Park

Monica Santos, UGAT secretary giving instructions to the participants

Dr. "Big Ben" Malayang giving his words of welcome

Finally after three days of full packed sessions and plenary, UGAT NAtional Conference comes to a close. A gathering of the country's bigwigs in Anthropology, Archeology and related fields in the Social Sciences discussing and discoursing on this years theme The Philippines Unbound: Anthropological Critiques on Globalization.