So what clues/signs/evidence do you see in people that makes you exclaim, “Aha! Igorot ka anya?” It takes one to know one, ika nga.
Here are some interesting insights from “forumers” of Cordillera Online on “spotting” an Igorot:
1. Medyo singkit.
2. Nakaleather piman uray summer.
3. Best in English.
4. Na ehteng ti rupa na.
5. Pati nan dapan na.
6. Pag cowboy ang dating!!..can sit anywhere!!..walk a long mile..bilog ang binti..at magaganda syempre…hindi sila guwapo!!..TARAKI sila
7. Long hair, leather jacket with a pointed boots like the cowboy style..with the hat…for girls naman the braided long hair…they talk ibaloy, kankanai any cordillera dialect. of course..old folks still use the g-strings along with the skirts na strips with different colors. I used to see a grandpa using a coat and a g-string oh one thing more, you guys walk differently.
8. Nakabarong, ngem adda paylaeng na-inayun nga inabel idiay sango. (Diay barong ni APO DOMOGAN.)
9. Sagada or other native woven bags, accesories.
10. No mapanda diay lowlands ket reddish ti rupa da haan nga blush ah rosy cheecks
11. Agsisinnurot da nga magna.
12. Their jeans mostly are “PADA-IT”, with most guys they wear fitted jeans, and u can easily recognized them because they are “BADOY” though they’re good looking para makabawi ako.
This is my contribution: Ti Igorot, ammo da nga ag-yodel. You want proof? Here’s an Igorot yodeler over at You Tube.
If you have suggestions on Igorot-spotting, join the Cordillera Onliners here.