[Blueboard] Mythology meets Archaeology: The Old Kiyyangan Village of Ifugao, lecture by Stephen Acabado on July 27, 430 pm, Ateneo Press bookshop

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Thu Jul 19 15:11:54 PHT 2012


In the Tuwali-Ifugao origin myth, as well as in the traditional chants
the *Baltong
*and the *Alim*, Kiyyangan is mentioned as the first Ifugao village.  Even
though there are several versions of this origin myth, they all agree that
Kiyyangan was the locale where Bugan and Wigan settled and raised the
forebears of the Ifugao.


In the 2012 Field Season of the Ifugao Archaeological Project, excavations
at the *Old Kiyyangan Village* provided an opportunity to look at early
Ifugao village life.  Artifacts recovered suggest a thriving community
actively hunting deer and probably cultivating rice, taro, and possibly
sweet potato (currently believed to be a crop introduced by the Spanish).
The team was also able to get a glimpse into their ritual life, with
several pots providing information on their offerings to the spirit world.
The community-led excavation, in partnership with the Ifugao Archaeological
Project, Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement, Inc., National Museum of the
Philippines, Kiangan LGU, Archaeological Studies Program, Ifugao State
University, and the University of Guam, marks the first intensive
documentation of an early Ifugao settlement.  Community involvement in this
type of activity is very important since it has a direct mpact on heritage
management and conservation. Information obtained would help provide
educational materials in discussing Ifugao history and culture.
Dr. Acabado's lecture provides an overview of the investigations and hopes
to shed light on the origins of rice cultivation and terracing tradition in
Ifugao. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from the
University of the Philippines, and his MA and PhD, also in Anthropology,
from the University of Hawai'i. He was Visiting Lecturer at the Ateneo
Department of Sociology-Anthropology in 2003-2004, and now teaches at the
University of Guam. His research and excavation activities have taken him
to various sites in Cebu, Saipan, Southern Cambodia, and Thailand among
other places.
Dr. Acabado's talk begins the University Press's Occasional Lecture series,
and is supported by the Ateneo's Department of Sociology-Anthropology. It
will be held at the Press bookshop in Bellarmine Hall, Ateneo campus.
Admission is free.

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