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.
18 August 2021 – Museo ng Nayong Pilipino Bulletin (August 2021)
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.
ULINIGIN: The Sound and Soul of our Shared Heritage
“The Nayong Pilipino currently has several musical instruments that may represent several groups of the Philippines. It is our goal to present some of the materials in our catalogues, so that these materials can be studied and shared with those interested in under standing how musical material culture floats through identity and geographic space. And like the music that they bring, we hope to highlight the Filipino talent, not only in sound but to show how it is embedded in the soul.”
Museo ng Nayon Collection: Ethnographic Materials Labeled as Hunting and Warfare Materials
The Nayong Pilipino Foundation currently houses various ethnographic materials labeled as hunting and warfare materials. Such a label showcases the intrinsic understanding of the Filipino when it comes to explaining material cultures to worldview. The collection of spears from Ifugao and the bladed weapons from Mindanao demonstrates the fluidity of the panday who skillfully traverses through meanings through technology and craft. We hope that while the labels seem to be an either/or solution, like the weapon, it does not have to be. As a blade can be used for cooking and for conflict, the panday indicates that these implements may transcend and transform depending on the flowing and intertwining spheres that is the culture and life of the Filipino.
Panday: Overlapping Social Spheres for Tools in the Philippines
Tools have been used for development and identity throughout the world and that includes the Philippines. The variety of their uses signal the varied lifestyles, cultural practices, and beliefs of various groups.
It is hard to believe that people in the archipelago once highly utilized stone tools in the time of the Philippine paleolithic, around 600,000 years ago to at least 9,000 years ago. These stone tools, while quite rare in the archaeological record, are still considered rare materials. However, while the utilization of stone tools is considered a sophisticated practice, their forms in the Philippines hardly changed over the thousands of years that this was used. One of the prevailing theories rationalizes that this may be due to the abundant presence of stone that can be picked up and used anytime, leading to people not needing a complex form of stone tool as they may rely on other materials such as wood—specifically the bamboo (Bar-Yosef et al., 2012)—which is present throughout the tropical archipelago, but unfortunately hardly lasts in the humid tropical environment.
PANDAY: Forging Weapons, Symbols of Life and Death
“While Salazar (1999) introduced the four pillars of society, Achanzar-Labor (2006) elaborated on the concept of the panday and the role they play in the community. Tracing the various connotations of the word throughout Philippine and other Austronesian languages, she pointed out that the panday is generally considered one who does craftwork. In Samar, for example, the panday can be associated with metal-working, but may also refer to carpenters who are knowledgeable in making boats or houses. They are always male, with their skills passed down by apprenticeship. However, she notes that among the Tausug and the Sama, the panday may refer to a female midwife, inferring that their craft of healing and providing help during maternal labor as a specialized skill.”