Salakniban ti Kultura!
(Protect our culture!)
A photo essay
Posted by CenPEG
For two days, the youth of Cordillera in northern Philippines held a two-day cultural and solidarity gathering dubbed, “Ipannakel kultura a nakabigbigan, padur-asen, aywanan ken salakniban!” (simple translation: Take pride in our indigenous culture; promote, nurture, and defend)
Held at the Maryknoll ecological sanctuary in Baguio City, the gathering was a cultural exchange where indigenous peoples’ elders, artists, and performers held workshops for young students. As one of the highlight activities of Tribal Filipino Week, the gathering sought to stir consciousness among the indigenous youth about the rich cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and historic struggles in the Cordillera.
It was also a medium of empowering the people in their continuing quest for genuine self-determination from centuries-old colonialism and national oppression.
The cultural exchange was organized by Dap-ayan ti Kultura iti Kordilyera, Cordillera People's Alliance, Regional Ecumenical Council in the Cordillera, and Maryknoll Ecological Santuary.
Photos taken during the event depict indigenous costumes, musical instruments, and dance performances.