In this section of the website, you will find some written work on the visual arts of the Indigenous Peoples of the Philippines . We feel that encouraging discussion and debate on the visual arts makes an important contribution, not only to the appreciation of the art itself, but to the wider issues associated with culture. In this activity, the guiding philosophy of the Foundation is to make no claim to interpret or represent Indigenous Peoples' visual arts or culture, for that is surely a matter for them. However, we do claim to try to represent to Indigenous Peoples an aspect of the modern globalized economy and culture in which they can take part, but it is their decision, individually and collectively to participate (or not) by providing their art, and for this section, by sharing their observations and comments on the visual arts.
We have some guidance in this from a statement made by Thomas Berger writing on the settlement of Native claims in North America :
"In some cases priority should be given to local renewable resource activities - not because such activities are universally desirable, but because they are on a scale appropriate to many Native communities. These are activities that local people can undertake, that are amenable to local management and control, and that are related to traditional values. There is no reason, however, why Native people should not have access as well to the economy of the dominant society where large scale technology predominates".
from "A Long and Terrible Shadow: White Values, Native Rights in the Americas Since 1492", Thomas R. Berger, (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1999), pp.154-155
Submissions from all are welcome, but if in a language other than English, it may take some time before it can be translated into English. Both versions will be presented on the site. In addition, submissions shouldbe in an electronic format if possible. We also may need to contact the author in order to make small editorial changes related to the style of presentation. In presenting these submissions, the Kalinawa Foundation does not take a position on the substance of the argument. However, we may choose not to post certain material (and we will advise the author why) if it is not relevant to the visual arts of Indigenous Peoples and/or counter to the work of the Foundation.
There are only five requirements for written submissions:
1. Those making a submission should include a contact point, either email and/or text.
2. If using someone else's work or ideas, give them credit and note the source.
3. Each submission should be accompanied by a small amount of biographical data on the author to go with piece on the website. It is the author's choice whether he/she also wishes to have contact information posted with the written submission.
4. The submission should have the author's name and the date it was written.
5. Authors provide articles for the website should also indicate whether their article(s) have been published elsewhere , so that this information can also be provided. In addition, authors providing article(s) do so with the explicit understanding that the use of the article is non-exclusive to the Kalinawa Art Foundation and/ or to its website. Publishing, reprinting rights and further use of the said article for other purposes will not be undertaken by the Foundation without further consent from the author, as the article remains the author's as an article remains the author's property.
We are very honoured to have a piece called, MYTHS OF THE BANWA: ArtiFact and ArtiFiction written by Dinggot Conde Prieto, organizer, facilitator and artist at the Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri in PuertoPrincessaCity , Palawan, as the first submission. She has been an instrumental force in many of the cultural and artistic activities in the Philippines , including providing invaluable assistance and advice to helping the Kalinawa Foundation establish its proper footing. Dinggot Conde-Prieto, first published on September 5-11, 2005 issue of the Bandillo ng Palawan, Volume 8, Issue number 36.