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Revitalization of indigenous culture in Barangay Yaway

BAGUIO CITY — In line with the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the indigenous youth of Barangay Yaway in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya participated in a cultural workshop last August 3-5 with the theme, “Revitalizing the Indigenous Culture among the Youth towards Unity amidst Migration.”

All That Fits: Identity and resistance

August 9, 2018. So we are standing under the rain in the middle of Malcolm Square, Baguio City. My feet and knees are starting to ache from the cold (kasi saanak nga naglana iti kadadaras ko a rumuar idi agsapa—sign of aging, no doubt) and I underestimated the rainfall, thus I neglected to bring my rubber boots. I try to be still under my umbrella to prevent more exposure to the rain, but it is inevitable when I applaud the speakers. Speakers whose messages and songs made me forget the cold and rain for a while by the urgency of their messages.

CPA invites public to join world IP day celebration

BAGUIO CITY – In celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs), the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) will lead a a Cultural Parade-Program and Forum on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Baguio City on August 9.

Ibaloys to teach Baguio folk their culture

BAGUIO CITY — As part of preserving their Ibaloy cultural heritage, Onjun ni Ivadoy Association, Inc. in cooperation with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will be teaching Baguio people their folk songs, dances, arts, crafts and history.

All That Fits: No recourse but struggle for self-determination

What is the most precious thing to man? Life! If life is threatened, what ought a man do?Fight! This he must do, otherwise he is dishonored. That will be worse than death. If we do not fight and the dams push through, we die anyway. If we fight, we die honorably. Thus I exhort you all, kayaw (struggle)! –Macliing Dulag, Kalinga
37 years ago since the successful opposition of the Bontoc and Kalinga peoples to the World Bank-funded Chico Dams, this challenge penned in the words of Macliing Dulag, one of the many elders who led our people in asserting right to land and life, remains true, current, and inspirational as we join fellow indigenous peoples in celebration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9. Indeed, the story of the Chico struggle is a timeless example of self-determining indigenous communities. It is remarkable how much this struggle is rather reknown to indigenous peoples and advocates in other countries. It should mean much more to us here in the Cordillera and in the Philippines.

All that fits: A learning exposure to the Cordillera

There is a group of young Belgians visiting the Cordillera this month, hosted by the Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera (CDPC).The learning exposure is designed to extend support to farming communities in the Cordillera through the exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise in agriculture and health.

Ina Tannao, a Cordillera pangat and warrior

By KIMBERLIE NGABIT-QUITASOL www.nordis.net BONTOC, Mountain Province —Today, May 31, Petra “Ina Tannao” Macliing, a pioneering indigenous woman leader who stood against …