ASIA PACIFIC INDIGENOUS YOUTH NETWORK

Promoting Indigenous Knowledge and Practices in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change Through Traditional Songs and Music of the Limos Tribe

Climate Change is a global phenomenon but is already having dramatic impacts on indigenous communities. To the Limos tribe (a sub-tribe of the Kalingas, found in Cordillera, Phiippines), people can no longer predict the weather, which affects the community’s economic cycle resulting in food insecurity. It is in this context that this project is taking action, designed as part of a campaign to increase the resilience of the community and combat climate change through the popularization of indigenous knowledge and practices.

Our project “Promoting Indigenous Knowledge and Practices in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change Through Traditional Songs and Music of the Limos Tribe“ will conduct  the following:

  • produce a video–album of indigenous music focused on the tribe’s traditional knowledge and practices;Recording the rich musical heritage of the Limos tribeRecording the rich musical heritage of the Limos tribe
  • a 2-day workshop on Climate Change and a discussion on mitigation and adaptation;
  • filming, recording and reproduction of the music-video album;
  • community viewing and an open forum, a concert via traditional singing (sossolay) in the provincial center;
  • and a planning-workshop on community’s action.

The project aims to increase the resiliency of local communities to the impacts of climate change and to promote indigenous knowledge  and practices of sustainable development and management of resources. In particular, it intends to :

1. Broaden awareness of the community on climate change and its concrete effects to them;

2. Promote traditional practices as alternatives;

3. Influence local policies on environmental and economic sustainability;

4. Reinvigorate positive cultural practices.

The Limos tribe is has retained traditional knowledge, maintaining biodiversity and sound environmental practices throughout the centuries. It is fully dependent on subsistence agriculture though slowly engaged in cash crops in recent years. At least 5% of the population are teachers in public schools and members of councils of the Local Government Unit. Also, traditional music and other forms of oral tradition remain vital in the tribe. The tribe’s music, chanting, storytelling (allalim), or declaim (pukaw) persist, and have proven effective in conveying messages to the tribe and to other communities.

Women of the Limos tribe in traditional dress sing about the Sunflower whilst being filmedWomen of the Limos tribe in traditional dress sing about the Sunflower whilst being filmed

The project  will start with a seminar-workshop on Climate Change, identification of issues and the recording and shooting of vital scenes.Participants will only be available during the night and on Sundays so the whole process will stretch out for a month since the local folks are engaged in the harvest season. The recording and shooting will start in December 2010 and will continue until January 2011. The editing and community viewing is planned to take place towards the end of January through February 2011.

The Youth Council of Barangay Limos is a major partner in the implementation of the program at the same time they are also one of the main ambassadors of the output of this project .

At the community level, the MALUDA (a community organization) is our direct partner to implement the project. The organization has the aim to strengthen traditional knowledge, reinvigorate the cultural values of the tribe, and build economic sufficiency and sustainability.

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