Publication Date

2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Schuller, Mark

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Legacy Department

Department of Anthropology

LCSH

Asia--Study and teaching|Ethnology; Human ecology--Study and teaching

Abstract

This research analyzes the relationship between a particular indigenous Filipino tribal society, the Aborlan Tagbanua, and their natural environment. The Tagbanua face issues associated with ancestral land loss and increased environmental degradation as a result of corporate and government interests and the arrival of migrants to their native regions. This research focuses on the ways in which the Tagbanua rely on their surrounding environment through their cultural practices and beliefs. I addressed three key research questions: How is the concept of nature embedded within indigenous Tagbanua culture and society? How have environmental challenges, such as changes in landscape due to mining or the building of roads, affected the livelihoods of the Tagbanua? Finally, are the Tagbanua people engaging in activities which help to protect their native lands, and if they are, what can be done to strengthen those actions? This particular case among the Tagbanua relates to other marginalized groups of indigenous peoples throughout the world who experience competition for resources and continual environmental degradation from outside parties.

Comments

Advisors: Mark Schuller.||Committee members: Leila Porter; Susan Russell.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.

Extent

64 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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