Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sharing Blaan Culture at AT&T

Mini exhibition of cultural materials from South Cotabato and Sarangani Province as focused GFI MIndanao Outreach areas. Books on weaving was also featured to highlight its relevance on the weaving culture of the Blaans. Photos of students from Lamlifew Integrated School were also featured.

Sharing the story line of the Blaan dance shared during the event. 

Arjho sharing a Blaan dance using the Faglung music of her later grandmother Lumbey Julie (Aunt of her Mom). You Tube video courtesy of German ethnomusicologist Hans Brandeis.

American-Indians fascinated by the cultural materials shared.

Blouses and bead works done by Blaans from Lamlifew, a community where Lamlifew Integrated School is located and a recipient of GFI LDERA Program from 2013 to 2017. 

Arjho and daughter Hannah. 
Arjho, GFI Mindanao Outreach Director, with daughter Hannah joined by Fil-Am community leaders in Atlanta along with Philippines Honorary Consul General Ray Donato and the event organizers from Filipino American Communications Employees (FACES) of AT&T. 

 Arjho is an active cultural advocate focused on sharing the both the Blaan and Tboli Indigenous Peoples Groups of the Philippines. Being half-Blaan herself, she does more on the Blaan cultural advocacy. The recipient schools of GFI Mindanao outreach since 2008 are predominantly Blaans and some are Tbolis too in the province of South Cotabato and Sarangani Province.

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