Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Articles on Guina-ang

Just piggybacking the articles with some photos.

A photo of Guina-ang from decades ago
A more recent photo - still from the last century.
Centuries ago the barrio (village) of Guina-ang used to be part of Chonglian. At the height of inter-tribal conflicts, the collective councils of elders of the different wards of Mainit allowed the hamlet to be settled and to serve as lookout post against hostile intents from enemies from the south of the citadel of Mainit. Those days are long gone obviously, and Guina-ang ended up being settled by many families with roots from Mainit, as well as from nearby Maligcong and Dalican.

Photo of Guina-ang from deep in the mountains of Mainit to the north. In the background is Mt Kalawitan in Sabangan municipality.

Now to the articles:
A couple of oldish documents (on Guina-ang) here by Lawrence Reid. The first is on music and dancing. The other is a typical calendar of barrio life in Guina-ang in the 1960s.

First Article. dancing and music notes from guina-ang

Dr Reid writes:

Notes for this paper have been gathered during an eighteen month's residence in Guinaang, mainly from observation, but also from an informant, Benedict Sibfay, a middle aged man who has spent most of his adult years in the village. The data cannot be guaranteed as representative of the dancing or music of other Bontoc areas. There has been little observation of practices outside of Guinaang, but it is assumed that within the Central Bontoc area, comprising the Barrios of Mainit, Dalican, Malegcong, Tococan, Bontoc, Bontoc itself, and extending to Sadanga in the North and Bayyo in the West, the overall pattern would be the same, although details may vary from place to place. All terms used are local Guinaang terms.

More photos from deep in the mountains of Chonglian.

Guina-ang is at centre of picture. Dalican on the right.


These are available on the net. Click on the links.

Market stalls in present-day Guina-ang. They sell mostly bakery products and fresh local vegetables. There are no 'market days' in Dr Reid's calendar from 50 years ago.

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