bontoc museum

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bontoc national museum designed as a tribal hut.
bontoc is the capital of mountain province in the philippines - it is a city of unrest, because there are lots of tribal wars going around here.  the small capital is very.... hmm i cant find the right words to describe it - INTRIGUING would be my description - for it is the melting pot of lots of tirbal cultures from all over the cordillera mountains - you can see along the streets old women who preserved their tradition - naked from the waist up and full of tattoos in the body - but this tradition is dying - no young maiden would do this anymore... also it is know for its magnificent and beautiful weaving.

but the most interesting part part of the small capital is the bontoc museum - where it show cases lots of photos of the tribes before they were colonized, a lifesize diorama of a whole ethnic village - where you can actually touch the materials and hand's on experience of tribal living! - but the most interesting part of the museum is a mummy inside it - yes the people in the cordillera mountains mummified their dead.
the roof foundation.
as a process - a dying person is made to sit in low fire and smoked like ham - and forced to drink heavy saline water until the person dies and dried - for it preserves the inner parts and to make the skin intact. the most famous mummy of them all is apo annu (was stolen and later retrieved and put back in his cave in the cordillera's highest mountain - mt. pulag) - check out the mummification history in the museum.

it is about 1-2 hours travel from sagada to bontoc in a winding road that follows the controversial chico river (dam was planned, but of tribal conflicts, it was not pursued)

but beware of this town, people are a bit fierced here because in the past they were warriors and do not suddenly take pictures of them because they considered it an offense.




lauro says:
no problem eric, its my pleasure to share unknown history in my country :))
Posted on: Aug 10, 2007
B-Town says:
That's an amazing piece of history Lauro, thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Aug 10, 2007
lauro says:
boriana - it is very hard if one country is a colony of the other - the culture is lost and gone - except for small areas where there was resistance in the past.
Posted on: Aug 10, 2007
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bontoc national museum designed as…
bontoc national museum designed a…
the roof foundation.
the roof foundation.
this is where they put monkeys or …
this is where they put monkeys or…
the lifesize diorama of a real tri…
the lifesize diorama of a real tr…
the mountains around bontoc are no…
the mountains around bontoc are n…
how they mummify before.
how they mummify before.
hahaha me pounding rice - my grip …
hahaha me pounding rice - my grip…
the thatched roof.
the thatched roof.
a fire in the center of the gather…
a fire in the center of the gathe…
bulol - the rice god.
bulol - the rice god.
the chief of the village (called m…
the chief of the village (called …
this is the communal bed for unmar…
this is the communal bed for unma…
yes, the people are not tall - you…
yes, the people are not tall - yo…
the stock room
the stock room
this is were they keep their pigs.
this is were they keep their pigs.
below is the stock room and you ha…
below is the stock room and you h…
the vegetables that grow in the ga…
the vegetables that grow in the g…
unripe papayas!
unripe papayas!
view from the museum.
view from the museum.
Bontoc
photo by: CFD