Indigenous Philippines

It is incredibly arrogant to claim the lands, because it is the lands that own us. How can we claim something that remains even after we’re gone? Only the race owns the land because the race lives forever. – Macli-ing Dulag

Indigenous Philippines

Thursday 7 May 2009 @ 615pm

This class will take place outside of the straightforward chronology that we have been following for the previous classes.

Other than rice terraces, bahay kubo’s, and headhunting what do you know about aboriginal Filipinos?

We will tackle the history of the indigenous population from pre-history to the present as well as talk about the current issues they face.

Things to think about:

Why do we even have the label “indigenous people” in the Philippines, aren’t we all indigenous? Isn’t this label just another form of self-hate/colonial thinking? 

What changes has indigenous society gone through since the arrival of the Spanish?

How did the indigenous Filipino:
– inspire the name for the hotdog?
– inspire the English words ‘boondocks/boonies” and “cooties?”

I will also use my experiences with the Tala-andig, Subanon, and Ifugao tribes to talk about modern indigenous issues. I will be showing photos from these areas.

This is going to be a great class, I hope to see you there!

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Critical Filipino History

Weekly, every Thursday from 6:30pm-8:30pm

From April 2 – June 4, 2009

Drop-In Rates: $5 for members; $10 for non-members;

~ by alexfelipe on May 5, 2009.

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