Here’s a video of our Tingguian/Itneg kailiyans dancing one of several courtship dances in the Cordilleras. Maybe our Itneg readers, kung meron man, can tell us the name of this dance. Kankanaeys (at least those in Sagada) have a similar dance and we call it “palakis”. [Tama ba ako, Pagano? Di ba this is palakis?]
I’m pretty sure those coming from other parts of the Cordillera, have a dance similar to this but would have a different name for it. So our different names for this dance and the different variations of it would be an example of what Dan Peckley was talking about regarding iCordilleras being diverse and yet having a common thread that binds us. So here’s a question, do you have a dance similar to this? If so, what do you call it?
By the way, according to the person who uploaded this in Youtube, this video was filmed by anthropologist Robert Garfias in the 1960s.
UPDATE about the dance from ipadigunagawis: This Tingguian dance is called TADEK. We have two kinds of tadek: 1) lablabbaab or suklit = uses hands to produce the sound of the gongs (this is the dance above) and 2) pinnalla-iyan or talukatik = uses stick to produce the sound of the gongs.
Thanks ipadigunagawis 🙂