Tamawan Village Gallery, Baguio Philippines

Medicine Wheel Video Installation exhibited in the Tamawan Village Gallery, Baguio Philippines, February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was exhibited at the Tamawan Village Art Gallery, Baguio Philippines, February 2005.

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TAM-AWAN Village is a reconstructed Cordillera village showcasing the traditional Ifugao Huts, and Baguio’s art and culture scene. It was established by National Artist BenCab in 1998 together with Chanum Foundation to promote the local Baguio Artists. Tam-awan is a local word which means “vantage point” an apt name for a colony of Cordillera Huts that sit on a hillside that affords visitors a magnificent view of the South China Sea on a clear day. The Chanum Foundation, Inc., started reconstructing Ifugao houses in Baguio with the intention of recreating a native village accessible to those who have not had the opportunity to explore the different parts of the vast Cordillera region in the Philippines, laying the houses out just like a traditional Cordillera village. Tam-awan Village is also a venue for art exhibits, workshops and other activities that showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Cordillera people.

 

 

 

 

 

University of the Philippines Mindanao Davao

North-South-East-West at University of the Philippines Davao February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre, Davao Philippines, February 2005.

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The University of the Philippines Mindanao, also referred to as UPMin or UP Mindanao, has as its main focus of education is Mindanao studies through an affirmative action program in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao to attract Muslims and Lumad students.

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LUMAD is a Bisayan term meaning “native” or “indigenous”. It is adopted by a group of 15 from a more than 18 Mindanao ethnic groups in their Cotobato Congress in June 1986 to distinguish them from the other Mindanaons, Moro or Christian. At present, Mindanao Lumads account for 2.1 million out of the total 6.5 million indigenous people nationally. (1993 Census)

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These fifteen Lumads in the Cotobato Congress were the following: Subanen, B’laan, Mandaya, Higaonon, Banwaon, Talaandig, Ubo, Manobo, T’boli, Tiruray, Bagobo, Tagakaolo, Dibabawon, Manguangan, and Mansaka.  They are found in the following towns and cities: Cotobato, Tandag, Dipolog, Kidapawan, Marbel, Tagum, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Malaybalay, Pagadian, Butuan, Surigao, Ozamis,  Ipil, Digos, Mati and Dipolog.

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The presentation was accompanied by The Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland and attended by  Professor Antonio G. Moran Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences , Fritz “Pavitramesh” Balgos an artist and activist, Denis John Sumaylo, Artistic and Managing Director UPMin Kombuyahan, Carlo Figuerao the tour organizer and Public Affairs Officer of the Canadian Embassy of the Philippines , Steven Reault-Kihara Consellor Political/Economic Relations and Public Affairs of the Canadian Embassy of the Philippines and Professor Ricardo M. De Ungria Channcellor.

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Mayor of Davao City – Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte

At the time of the North-South-East-West presentation, Rodrigo Duterte had just been re-elected as mayor in Davao and later would become president of the Philippines. Known for saying things that many would consider unsayable in his quest to fight crime, it is reported that his presidential election speeches contained the following oaths “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you…I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”

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Western Mindanao State University, Philippines

North-South-East-West at Western Mindanao State University Zamboanga, February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented at the Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga Philippines, February 2005.

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Multi-Media Canadian Ethnic Rites Show in WMSU on February 24; Sutherland To Grace Affair, 10 Feb  2005

A CANADIAN aboriginal artist will recreate North American ethnic rites in their native settings through his self-crafted two- hour multi-media show to be held at the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) on Thursday, February 24.

Dubbed as “North, South, East, West version 2.0,” artist Graham Thompson’s show in traveling in eight cities in the Philippines, a Canadian embassy correspondence to WMSU president Dr. Eldigario Gonzales said.

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The media installation is “concerned with enchancing our emotional connection to the earth by creating an immersive audio-visual environment of video monitors, projectors, DVD players, computer workstations, interactive CDROM,” the embassy said.

Canadian ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland will speak during the show.

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Thompson specializes in the use of new media, such as digital computer technology, to artfully discuss native and aboriginal cultures, the embassy added. His trip to Zamboanga is intended to share his North American ethnic culture with Philippine lumads.

“‘In North South East West 2.0’, Thompson tries to recreate the hypnotic environment of (Canadian aboriginal) sweat lodge, by emulating the atmosphere of chanting and repetitive rhythms of the rattles within the darkness of the lodge through the use of multiple monitors and sound tracks with a darkened gallery setting. The repetition of audio-visual themes on overlapping displays engages the audience in a complex environment of sounds and images to provoke a feeling of belongingness and inclusion and a feeling of shared         experience,” the embassy said in elaboration.

The show, it added, “was designed to create a ceremonial experience that permitted self-reflection and examination of one’s life stages and to explore our spiritual and psychological relations to the earth.”

WMSU Public Affairs Director Prof. Ali T. Yacub said the show will be held at the university’s Social Hall at 10 to 12 o’clock, February 24. It is open to the public. (Rey-Luis Banagudos, Public Affairs Office, WMSU)

Cotabato Philippines, Medicine Wheel

North-South-East-West at Regional Educational Learning Centre (RELC) of Cotabato City, February 2005.

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The North-South-East-West Video Installation with Metis storyteller Graham Thompson was presented February 22nd 2005 in Cotabato City Philippines at the Regional Education Learning Centre. The Installation was inspired by the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel.

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The show accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland, was part of a 8 stop tour of the Philippines in February 2005, that included presentations at the Tamawan Village Art Gallery Baguio, Ateneo Art Gallery Manila, Darayonan Centre in Coron, Kamarikutan Gallery in Puerto Princessa, University of the Philippines Mindanao Cultural Centre Davao, Regional Education Learning Centre of Cotobato City, Lumad groups of Cotabato City  and the Western Mindanao State University in Zamboanga.

The installation traveled to Taiwan in March 2005 and was exhibited at the Pingdong Aboriginal Cultural Park, Taipei National University of the Art, Taiwan Public Television System, National Donghua University, Aboriginal Art Institute, and the ShunYi Taiwan Aboriginal Museum.

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The Cotabato presentation included an audience with the Teachers from the Regional Educational Learning Centre (RELC), the Canadian Embassador to the Philippines Peter Sutherland, Fatima-Ilon Adza, Al hadja Chief Administrative Officer of the Regional Educational Learning Centre.

Roundtable Discussions with Indigenous People of the Cotabato Region

Dr. Susan Y. Salivador-Anaytin – Chief Technical Management Services and Consultant for Peace of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, organized the round table discussion group where Indigenous People from the Cotabato Region voiced concerns about their culture and societies.

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The Indigenous People Roundtable Dialogue at the Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City of February 23, 2005 included the following list of participants: For Teduray Indigenous Peoples: Victoria Kanakan Executive Director – Office for Southern Cultural Communities (OSCC) – ARMM For Terudays and Manobos Indigenous Peoples: Ms Juanita Mamo and Rosita Bandala – Manobo IP and Kulaman Valley, South Cotabato, For Bangsamoro Group of Indigenous Peoples: Engr. Saad Yusah Director, Ms Sinaolan C. Mustapha and Hadja Bai Aleizzah Albaya-Balabaran Wampa of the Bureau of Cultural Heritage ARMM, For Manobos and other Indigenous Peoples in the Cotabato Area: Ms Felisa Rangaban and Ms. MAria Wanan for the NAtional Commission on IP, Region XII. For the Iranon Tribe: Mr Fispand Kamsa Commissioner, Mr. Mohammad Mang and Mr. Sol Kasim of the National Commissioner on Culture and Arts (NCCA).

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Dr. Susana Salvador-Anayatin has been a partner with the Goldin Institute since its launch in 2002 in Chicago. She holds a doctoral degree on Peace and Development and is a part time Peace Educator in two graduate schools in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines. Aside from her work in the government and the academe, Dr. Salvador-Anayatin leads the Goldin Institute’s initiatives in the Philippines to convene grassroots movements and develop partnerships with international and local NGO’s working for peace and development. She is actively involved in the promotion of a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence with women, youth, former combatants and other vulnerable sectors of the society. She currently leads the Goldin Institute’s efforts to build a National Platform for Child Soldier Reintegration and a People’s Peace Initiative in the Southern Philippines.