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Schuller, Mark

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Anthropology


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


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.


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


64 pages




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