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The Igorot (in the Philippines)

Igorot communities are known for their cultivation of rice. However, climate change has been affecting their agricultural activities ー resulting in their need to move their transplanting season from December to January due to the prolonged ‘cold’ season. This has caused problems in their food sources, as it is dependent on external factors including changes in environment. Igorot communities are being displaced due to biofuel corporations reclaiming their ancestral land, and also a result of U.S. hegemony and Spanish colonialism.
The Igorots are a very distinct group of people ー tribes who originate from the Northern provinces of the Philippine archipelago, specifically in the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Baguio. The word Igorot in Tagalog means mountain people. For a long time now, this term has been tacitly used in a derogatory sense. The term implied that Igorots were a “backward” and “uncivilized” tribe who couldn't contribute any technological innovations to society.

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