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pag-asaharibon: Datto Bulan, Chief of the Bagobos The last group to move onto the Philippine Reservation, the Bagobo people were admired for their friendly demeanor, handsome appearance, and elaborately ornamented costumes. The thirty-person contingent originated from the Philippine island of Mindanao. Despite their Muslim faith, the Bagobos were characterized as primitive and pagan. Besides being skilled in hunting and farming, the Bagobos were also exceedingly good bead workers, adoring ...
Tribal head hunters from Lubo, Tanudan, Kalinga, convene for a peace conference. Date Photographed: Early 1900. Photographer: Dean C. Worcester. Location: Luzon Island, Philippines. Credit: © Dean C. Worcester/National Geographic Society/Corbis.
Philippines | Kalinga woman; heavily tattooed arms and beaded bodies make for timeless beauty. | © Lars Krutak
During a very long time the Filipino people were dominated by the Spaniards during the long colonial period and after that by the United States. Because of these foreign influences, a mixed culture developed, a mixture of foreign influences with native elements. However, this hardly happened to the more isolated tribes (the so-called cultural minority groups or tribal Filipinos) and to some of the Muslim people in the south of the country. Their cultures have hardly changed.