Appeasing The Ancestors
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|A Tboli boy playing a bamboo flute. He is playing a tune supposedly to appease the spirits of his ancestors. He is wearing a jacket made of TINALAK, a cloth woven from abacca fiber and dyed. The Tbolis are very proud of their heritage. They still wear their traditional dresses (especially the womenfolk) most of the time.|
The Tbolis are one of the indigenous peoples of South Mindanao. From the body of ethnographic and linguistic literature on Mindanao they are variously known as Tboli, T'boli, Tböli, Tiboli, Tibole, Tagabili, Tagabeli, and Tagabulu. They term themselves Tboli or T'boli. Their whereabouts and identity is to some extend confused in the literature; some publications present the Tboli and the Tagabili as distinct peoples; some locate the Tbolis to the vicinity of the Buluan Lake in the Cotabato Basin or in Agusan del Norte. The Tbolis, then, reside on the mountain slopes on either side of the upper Alah Valley and the coastal area of Maitum, Maasim and Kiamba. In former times, the Tbolis also inhabited the upper Alah Valley floor. After World War Two, i.e., since the arrival of settlers originating from other parts of the Philippines, they have been gradually pushed onto the mountain slopes. As of now, they are almost expelled from the fertile valley floor.
Like their immediate tribal neighbors, the Úbûs, Blàan, Blit, Tàú-Segél and, for those who have serious doubts in the hoax argumentation, the Tasaday, they have been variously termed hill tribes, pagans, animists, etc., as opposed to the indigenous Muslim peoples or the Christian settlers. In political contexts, however, the term Lumad groups (derived from the Cebuano term for native people) has become popular as a generic term for the various indigenous peoples of Mindanao which do not pertain to Islam. English speaking Tbolis refer to themselves as a tribal people.
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Excellent portrayal of this young flute player. Your notes too, give a good insight into his background. Excellent POV, sharpness and composition. TFS Allan. Regards, Pat.
- [2007-01-06 7:58]
ethnic na ethnic ang dating bro pati background. nice compo and colors. Tfs
Thank you so much for sharing this photo and most useful info that comes it!
The sharpness and wonderful colour just great also I like the full concentration that he was in!
- [2007-01-06 12:32]
great colorfull work!well captured and good perspective!
- [2007-01-07 5:20]
Your Tboli guy portrait is a very good ethnic presentation. It's a pity ethnoses are mixing these days into nations and their achievements - costumes, music, food are being gradually lost...
- [2007-01-08 5:48]
Great shot, pre! Ara man ako sa Lake Sebu sang gi-kuhaan mo ini, galing wala na ako nagdiretso sa lake kay ga-ulan man. :)
- [2007-01-08 8:12]
A stunning capture! Perfect POV and composition, outstanding colours and great details. This is such a wonderful image that I am sorry I did not find it much earlier! Thank you too for your outstanding notes!
This is a really good portrayal of a flutist....his stance and your low perspective is not the norm and therefore offers a different and more interesting view.
Nice in colour
The backgroud adds to the men