[Blueboard] Dr. Jose Buenconsejo talks about the "River of Exchange: Music of the Agusan Manobo and the Visayan Settler Relations in Mindanao" on 6 February, Friday

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Mon Feb 2 18:37:21 PHT 2009

On the occasion of the Social Sciences Week, 
the Department of Sociology and Anthropology 
invites everyone to the talk featuring

Dr. Jose S. Buenconsejo

who will speak on

6 February, Friday
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Leong Hall Auditorium

The making of this documentary was made possible through an equipment grant 
from the Prince Claus Foundation for Culture and Development of The 
Netherlands and partial fieldwork funding from the Office of the Chancellor, 
University of the Philippines.
This is a story of the encounter and consequent cultural exchanges between 
inland, aboriginal Manobos and coastal, Visayan settlers in an out-of-the-way 
place in Agusan Valley, Caraga Mindanao Island, Philippines. It explores, in 
particular, the varied embodiments of this social history in traditional 
Manobo song and ritual and in performances of recent, Visayan-brought 
electronically-amplified sounds. In Manobo ritual, spirits possses the body of 
the medium as a means of divination for curing, but these spirits indicate as 
well Manobo imaginative perceptions of their relationships with outsiders, 
including the Visayan spirit whose voice is incorporated in the Manobo body. 
With the introduction of modern cultural practices, Manobo rituals have been 
erased and displaced to the margins but some are altered, as in the 
incarnation of the Visayan spirit, to accommodate the unassailable Visayan 
presence that is felt in Manobo day to day life. This spirit is addressed as a 
friend, a form of recognition that resonates with the Christian compadrazgo 
social relation. Cultural exchanges come full circle with the performance of 
Manobo heritage in recent street ethnic dancing competitions with Visayans 
mimicking Manobos. Whether a spirit in incarnated in these festivals or not is 
a moot question. The mimicry seems instead to reproduce a mere pictorial 
representation of heritage minus its really real links to the world. 

For more information, please call the DSA at 426-6001 local 5270 or 5271.

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