A Cordillerano wood carver demonstrating his skill through his hands. Indigenous wood carvers from the Cordillera region are famous for their creations---from key chains to life-size statues, furniture and home decor. Traditional motifs of the carvings are closely associated to their culture, such as bul'ul, indigenous people and animals. Bul'ul or anito figures are representations of an Ifugao God that guards the spirits of rice granaries and forests. Ifugaos also believe that the spirit of their ancestors reside in the Bul'ul sculpture. More about bul'ul here.
Even in a region rich in cultural heritage as the Cordillera, there are fears that traditional motifs would disappear from their tribal art especially as the rituals and way of life for which they were originally created are beginning to become extinct.
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