The Nayong Pilipino Foundation Virtual Museum Project is part of the Heritage Space Program. The project will consist of digital exhibitions of the different artifacts with the intention of going beyond the standard flat images and short captions. This will be achieved through different multimedia outputs, such as videos, three-dimensional imaging, social media integration, and community-centered content generation. The last two are important in creating a dialogue and co-production between NPF, the indigenous communities represented, and the public.
Our future cultural park will include a museum that will house the NPF permanent collection that has over 2,500 artifacts from the different indigenous peoples of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The NPF collection is diverse and varied, ranging from intricate beaded jewelry to striking weaponry for hunting and warfare to ritualistic artifacts. It also includes musical instruments, vessels, funerary objects, and textiles.
25 May 2021 – Museo ng Nayong Pilipino Bulletin (April 2021)
19 February 2021 – Museo ng Nayong Pilipino Bulletin (February 2021)
10 February 2021 – Museo ng Nayong Pilipino presents “Unthread”
16 December 2020 – Museo ng Nayong Pilipino Bulletin (December 2020)
The Philippines has a wide array of basket forms, all depending on their use. Moreover, the weaves, their sizes, and even the fibers used to produce these point to a craft and artistry that has spanned centuries. The practicality of their storage use hints at the multiplicity of their use and an art that has been passed.
Unravelling the Museo ng Nayong Pilipino Project
Unthread explores the role of textiles and accessories in community life, concentrating on those that are worn for various occasions, rites of passage and liminalities, indicators of status, expressions of local creativity, place wisdom, and biocultural heritage. Read more
Scoping Resources on Textiles and Personal Ornaments
Studying the clothing textile and body ornaments, through its facets of composition, method, and types of production, use, and function, and consumption will aid in a better understanding of the wearer’s cultural identity. Read more
Unthread: Patterns from Interwoven Philippine Communities
With every thread woven, the weavers and wearers carry the histories and stories of different Philippine communities. Read more
In photo: Filipinas weaving cloth (1907-1916), University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.
While the study of funerary artifacts can give us so much information about past societies, the practice also brings up questions of ethics, remembering that these burials were not initially meant to be disturbed by future societies.
― Patricia Panganiban
We hope that this article starts a series of conversations on reasons why these grave markers were taken by collectors in the 1970s – 1980s from their original communities, and to begin asking questions if this is something one should collect.