The IGOROT People

Thursday, November 19, 2009

igorot peopleInhabiting the rugged terrain of the Cordillera Region of Northern Philippines are six ethno-linguistic tribes known as the Ibaloy, Kankana-ey, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao/Isneg, and the Bontoc. They are referred to by a generic term, Igorot, a word coined from the root word, "golot" meaning mountain.

Unlike most of the Philippines, which were ruled by Spaniards for about four hundred years, the Cordillera region was generally unfazed by Spanish colonization. The Igorot tribes are held together by their common socio-cultural traits as well as their geographic proximity to each other. During pre-Christian Cordillera (and to some extent, the present), the six different tribes shared similar religious beliefs, generally nature-related, and they make proprietary offerings to "anitos" (spirits) as well as to household gods.

The topics covered in the IGOROT section of this blog are the following:

Igorot Dances
Igorot Discrimination
Igorot Ethnic Groups
Igorot Events
Igorot History
Igorot Identity
Igorot Pictures/Videos
Igorot Recipe
Igorot Websites/Blogs
Igorotland News
Igorots in the News
Igorots Worldwide