The NPF 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.
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)
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.