On Ethnocide and Culture Authenticity of the Cordilleran Culture

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A few years back in a family gathering, an elder asked a girl, “What will you be wearing on your wedding day? A tapis or a wedding gown?” The girl replied, “Why should I wear a tapis! I would look so plain and ordinary on my wedding day.”

The response intrigued me. I wondered what could be so wrong about choosing a beautifully woven tapis over a plain white dress. I realized then that is not the tapis that is the problem, it’s the mentality of the person.

A tapis, is a traditional woven wraparound skirt worn by Igorot girls. It’s not surprising nowadays that in the highlands, the wearing of tapis is so rarely seen. Placing it in a broader context, it becomes apparent that the girl’s thoughts, along with the same sentiments shared by this generation’s Cordilleran IPs, are exactly what fuel the progressing ethnocide of the…

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