The Ifugao Hut Healing Project

Ifugao hut healing project from Kultura Film on Vimeo.

THE IFUGAO HUT HEALING PROJECT for the Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign
https://www.indiegogo.com/project/the-ifugao-hut-healing-project/embedded
INTRODUCTION

In April until December 1904, the St. Louis World’s Fair in Missouri was held to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, and was billed by the Western press as an international and historical exposition that showcased the march of progress and modernism under the United States empire. To provide a stark contrast to this modernity, a number of indigenous tribes and colonial subjects were brought in and made to live in reconstructed villages, showing the differences of their lifestyles from those living in America. One of these tribes was the Igorot from Northern Philippines, described in press advertisements as “savages” who were “headhunters” and “dog-eaters.” As a result of being sensationalized in the newspapers, the Igorot Village – with its huts and 110 members composed of men, women and children – became the most popular exhibit at the fair, earning the highest admission returns of $200, 387.18 during the opening. Subsequently, for the next eight months, the Igorots were placed on display, “studied, inspected, stared at, peered at, denigrated, pitied, and despised,” by thousands of fairgoers who reveled in their daily eating practice of killing dogs for their meals. It was said that the Fair administration required the natives such daily dog feast to ensure “visitorship to the World’s Fair” and continue with the profit making enterprise of putting “human beings in a human zoo.” At present, descendants of the Igorots in America, together with a large number of Filipinos, cite the lingering sense of shame, guilt and depression related to the abuse and defilement of their ancestors at the Igorot Village during the 1904 St. Louis Word Fair in Missouri.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The Ifugao Hut Healing Project was initiated by Mamerto Tindongan, an Igorot shaman steeped in the indigenous healing tradition of his Philippine tribe. He is also an Ohio-based immigrant who had been formally initiated as a priest and healer by his Native American mentors. Mamerto carries both Eastern and Western healing practices and believes that performing a ritual at the former site of the St. Louis Fair will help address the deep psychic wounds of his people and the continuing gap between the East and West. The ritual will request the participation of the Igorot and other Filipino American communities, and the American community members themselves. The coming together of communities to acknowledge, understand, and honor the past is an essential step to healing historical trauma and redirecting energies of discord and disharmony towards positive resolution.

And for more information about the artist visit http://www.tindonganwoodsculptures.com

A Project of the Center for Babaylan Studies
For Information:
http://www.babaylan.net
contact: Mila Anguluan-Coger, Project Coordinator
mila@babaylan.net

Balangay ng Langit Sama Sama sa Pico House

 

Sama Sama ( together )

Balangay ng Langit Sama Sama sa Pico House from Kultura Film on Vimeo.

Sama Sama ( together )
we offer sounds and vibrations for our Ancestors who was here before us from all different directions , regions and locations.

around the Balangay ng Langit the tribus unite from different regions
destroying our differences and recognizing our similarities and connection

– Fil Am Arts http://www.filamarts.org/
-EIM ( everything is medicine http://everythingismedicine.wordpress.com/
-Kollective Binhi http://kollectivebinhi.wordpress.com/tag/kollective-binhi/

and thank you to all people who was here in this present moment

Anabolic Garden Testimonies

Anabolic Garden Testimonies from Kultura Film on Vimeo.

For the past eight years Los Angeles communities have planted and nurtured a two acre parcel of land, called the Anabolic Garden, at the downtown State Historic Park. Well over 600-volunteers have engaged and maintained the Garden since June 2011 alone.

Organically nurtured throughout these years the Anabolic became a home for native California flora and fauna, cultural campfires, nature walks, and indigenous gatherings. It closed on February 14, 2014, for the Park’s second phase of design. In a time of drought the Anabolic Garden offers a sustainable practice model of public engagement with public land.

The principle organization teaching maintenance and nurturance of flora and flora within an indigenous historical context was Everything Is Medicine (E.I.M.). Although the Anabolic Garden is now plowed under Everything Is Medicine continues to undertake this work in perpetuity.

The figurative seeds of the Anabolic Garden were planted by artist Lauren Bon and her artwork the Anabolic Monument, which also determined the Garden’s circular form. The project was funded through a collaboration of the Annenberg Foundation, California State Parks, and the State Parks Foundation.

Links:

Anabolic Garden: http://everythingismedicine.wordpress.com

State Historic Park: LASHP.wordpress.com

Anabolic Monument: https://www.facebook.
com/pages/ANABOLIC-MONUMENT/537035189661632

Everything Is Medicine: http://everythingismedicine.wordpress.com

E.I.M as well.

Video

“Time Lapse Photography” Winter Solstice Jam with Cuco

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Video

Winter Solstice jam Cuco Esperansa

I dedicate this musical prayer to my Filipino brothers
and sisters and their families who suffered the unexpected Tsunami of
October 2013 . Music is always an exceptional healing tool . Here we are
using a mix of Filipino and Mexica Pre-Columbian instruments . I give
thanks to Olivia Chumacero who arranged this sacred Tongva Space ; which
has been used for the gatherings of the original ancestors of these lands
for thousands of years .I also thank my young Filipino brothers and sisters
for inviting me to participate in this Harmony Creating Ceremony
Tlazocamatli Ipalnemoani Ometeotl.- Cuco Esperansa

This was a ceremony done on behalf of Everything is Medicine
http://everythingismedicine.wordpress.com/
for the Dec. 21st. Solstice of 2013

It was the ceremony being celebrated with the cultures who recognize the solstice as part of an integral part of their existence with our ancestors ; represented by the ofrendas there to witness and celebrate the communication from the past to the present to the future
All the instruments were precolumbian instruments who sounds were connected to the earth ; fire ; wind; water ; and mother earths children …who on this day we celebrate the new born sun as it reaches its southern most point and returns north ; or as we say , is reborn . In the Aztec culture we say this is the time the earth and all it’s children shed its old skin and is reborn to its new self ; mind ; body ;and soul …

thanks for being part of this memory
Cuco Esperansa
Olivia Chumacero
Diyan Valencia
Marybell Bustos
Agos Bawi
Cristina Golondrina
Angelica ( Low Leaf )
Tita Nenita Pambit
Venus Herbito
Zeroh & Shanggo
Nicanor Evangelista Jr.
and to everybody we forgot to mention

“to everybody who was there and forgot to include in the video ,
the editing of this video is based by moments while the actual event is happening
, nothing is planned out and scripted. this are real moments “

Video

Winter Solstice jam Cuco Esperansa

I dedicate this musical prayer to my Filipino brothers
and sisters and their families who suffered the unexpected Tsunami of
October 2013 . Music is always an exceptional healing tool . Here we are
using a mix of Filipino and Mexica Pre-Columbian instruments . I give
thanks to Olivia Chumacero who arranged this sacred Tongva Space ; which
has been used for the gatherings of the original ancestors of these lands
for thousands of years .I also thank my young Filipino brothers and sisters
for inviting me to participate in this Harmony Creating Ceremony
Tlazocamatli Ipalnemoani Ometeotl.- Cuco Esperansa

This was a ceremony done on behalf of Everything is Medicine
http://everythingismedicine.wordpress.com/
for the Dec. 21st. Solstice of 2013

It was the ceremony being celebrated with the cultures who recognize the solstice as part of an integral part of their existence with our ancestors ; represented by the ofrendas there to witness and celebrate the communication from the past to the present to the future
All the instruments were precolumbian instruments who sounds were connected to the earth ; fire ; wind; water ; and mother earths children …who on this day we celebrate the new born sun as it reaches its southern most point and returns north ; or as we say , is reborn . In the Aztec culture we say this is the time the earth and all it’s children shed its old skin and is reborn to its new self ; mind ; body ;and soul …

thanks for being part of this memory
Cuco Esperansa
Olivia Chumacero
Diyan Valencia
Marybell Bustos
Agos Bawi
Cristina Golondrina
Angelica ( Low Leaf )
Tita Nenita Pambit
Venus Herbito
Zeroh & Shanggo
Nicanor Evangelista Jr.
and to everybody we forgot to mention

“to everybody who was there and forgot to include in the video ,
the editing of this video is based by moments while the actual event is happening
, nothing is planned out and scripted. this are real moments “

Video

Mamerto speaks about a particular blessing called Gopah in Ifugao

Mamerto Tindongan is a Mumbaki (Ifugao shaman), a wood sculptor, and energy healer using Kolaimni, Reiki, and Qigong among others .

he visited the Balangay ng Langit to share with us healing energy ,wisdom,and a blessing called Gopah in Ifugao

Our Filipino community in LA, inspired by our rich indigenous heritage, envisioned the Balangay ng Langit altar in honor of our peoples and ancestors. This was offered upon the invitation of the Tongva elders and the organizers of the Anabolic Monument/Garden of the LA State Historic Park.
you can find him @ https://www.facebook.com/mamerto.tindongan