Native American Woodcarving – Made in Ifugao

Hey kailiyans in the U.S. did you know that those carvings of Native American chiefs came from Ifugao. Really? Maybe not all of them but some of them are. From Jennie Durant who was a Peace Corp Volunteer in Ifugao:

Ever wonder where those impressive, six foot tall Native American chief carvings come from? The ones you see in New Mexico and Arizona when you’re on a road trip through the Southwest?

I never thought about it, honestly, I suppose I assumed they were carved by Native Americans. Well, the other day I was bumping along in a tricycle on my way to a barangay called Kiangan. I was looking around, enjoying the scenery—the overhang of green, the small shops along the road, the mothers standing outside chatting with their children on their hips. We passed a carving shop, and under the cover of a tarp I saw a three foot tall Native American head, complete with an elaborate headdress. I was completely stunned. Did I see that right? What was a Native American chief carving, complete with an elaborate headdress, doing in Ifugao?

Read the whole post here. Hah, didn’t we tell you that Native Americans are our long lost relatives (like 56th degree cousin or something). We’re brothers/sisters forever as Renaldo Lapuz would say.

3 thoughts on “Native American Woodcarving – Made in Ifugao”

  1. Ehehehe… Kais-iso tako ay native adi, Sir BB. It must be expensive to send those carvings to the US, but sounds like it is still cheaper than those made by the Native Indians themselves? Hmmm…

  2. Hi Layad,
    Or maybe they have environmental laws prohibiting the cutting of trees. Thanks.

    Hi Nelly,
    That’s good proof of the creativity/artistry of the Ifugaos ano. Thanks.

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