June 13, 2011

Mountain life

Tam-awan Village in Baguio City is a replica of small Igorot village for people who have not and cannot travel into the interior of the Cordillera mountains.

Tam-awan Village in Baguio City

Some of the huts in Tam-awan Village are not reconstructions though. A few are original Ifugao and Kalinga huts from the 1920s and 1950s which were transported and reconstructed on the site. In keeping with the beliefs of the Cordillera tribes, at least one bulol (rice god—see previous post) guards each of the huts.

hut with bulol in Tam-awan Village in Baguio City

The terrain of the lot where Tam-awan Village is located is also faithful to the mountainous locations of Cordillera tribal villages; so is its layout, which means walking up and down narrow mud and stone trails to get from one hut to another. Even with the support provided by intermittent bamboo rails, it is not easy when it has just rained and the short but steep trails are slippery.

steep, muddy trail in Tam-awan Village in Baguio City

Tam-awan Village has also become a center for contemporary Cordillera art, with exhibits all year round and art workshops which, like the village, help foster an understanding and appreciation of the Cordillera culture and heritage. A few of the huts are used as galleries and many artwork are also displayed in the café.

café in Tam-awan Village in Baguio City

I liked many of the artwork displayed in Tam-awan Village's galleries, but what really caught my eye were these two moss-covered stone bulol in front of the café. I especially like the fertility goddess with a plant growing on her head.

two moss-covered stone bulol in Tam-awan Village in Baguio City


brattcat said...

Such a fascinating post, Hilda. I, too, love that fertility goddess in her moss skin and her shrubbery hair.

Leif Hagen said...

Looks like quite an adventure! I intrigued by the art gallery!
A belated 15th wedding anniversary! We're heading to our 17th!

Cezar and Léia said...

The fertility goodness is very interesting and beautiful.This place is special, thanks for sharing this adventure day!I would love visiting that café, so many details and beautiful art there!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

The preservation of indigenous cultures is so important. My wife and I like to collect art of indigenous cultures, but we have not been to the Philippines. Your post today is very gratifying.

Olivier said...

J'adore cette maison dans la foret, cela doit etre tres agreable comme endroit

Dixie Girl said...

Great photos! I love this sort of thing. I too like the stone lady with the bushy hat. Lol she's quite fashionable.

AB said...

Oh yes, that is a really cool fertility goddess!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Really interesting post. It makes me wonder how many indigenous tribes there are in the Philippines. Are any others celebrated in this way?

Francisca said...

This is my cuppa tea... my home is full of Ifugao arts and crafts...