From Bonfire to Firewire: Innovative Online Modules on Philippine Folklore

Lecture | September 10 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Pia Arboleda, Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literarure, University of Hawaii at Manoa

 Filipino and Philippine Studies Working Group

Historically, in the mountains of Barlig on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, the Ifiallig people would sit around the fire of the ator (council-house) to listen to tales of their hero-ancestors. When work in the rice fields was done, venerable elders and storytellers (umu-ufok) recounted these stories in their own language. These stories, handed down for many generations, serve as a record of Ifiallig history, genealogy, and cultural traditions.

This talk will review current research on Ifiallig orature in Barlig, including the significance of Ifiallig oral traditions, the methods used in collecting orature, and the process of reviving tales through different media.

Pia Arboleda is Associate Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, She received the 2015 University of Hawai'i Regent Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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