Kudlasan

Sarte competed with his team from Matawe in the traditional games pagsibat, pagpana, paglangoy and pagbo ne domaget during the Adow ne Domaget festival last May. Sarte wore his traditional clothes, particularly a Dumagat necklace made of Kudlasan. The white beads are in fact seeds that grow at the mountains of the Dumagats.

Cultural festivals are one way of memorialising traditions of indigenous people groups. As younger generations of indigenous peoples leave their communities to study and work, culture conservation is becoming more challenging for elders. By seeing traditions practiced through games, youth get a glimpse of the richness of their indigenous identity.

Shot on assignment while documenting Adow ne Domaget festival with the Dumagat community in Dingalan, Aurora. October is National Indigenous People’s Month. This is Kathleen Lei Limayo, a documentary filmmaker, photographer and visual anthropologist based in the Philippines. This month, I will be sharing some of the stories of indigenous peoples I have journeyed with.