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Indigenous Research: Settle to Unsettle, Learn to Unlearn

The method of learning, unlearning, relearning1 for literacy and pedagogy may also be employed as the mantra for research and knowledge production. Scholars of indigenous studies and other related disciplines should unlearn and relearn, if they intend to dismantle the master’s house with the master’s tools, to build a house anew; or, even if they simply want to mitigate their marginal status by merely renovating the master’s house, where they informally reside.
To this day, there is still a complicated and contemporary variant of the master-slave relationship that oils the academic machinery. More often than not, modern knowledge products from cognition …


The ‘Indigenous’ in the Cordillera Studies Center of UP Baguio

Note: This is an abridged version of a paper read during the International Seminar Workshop on Indigenous Studies held on 26-28 June 2013 in  Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila.
The formation of the Cordillera Studies Center was made official by the 928th meeting of the UP Board of Regents on June 26, 1980. It was to be the research arm of the Development Studies Program (DSP) of the then Social Science Department (SSD) of UP College Baguio. The other arm of the DSP was the M.A. in Social and Development Studies (MA SDS) program, which exists to this day. The Center’s first …


The Philippines Indigenous Peoples’ Core Curriculum

The Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) provides a strong policy basis for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Education. The formulation carries a strong articulation of positive educational outcomes against the colonial foundations of education in the Philippines.
Education was used as a key institution during the early twentieth century to drive American colonial policies and programs in the Philippines.
Of the fourfold bundles of IP rights provided for in the IPRA, the implementation of the Right to Social Justice and Human Rights is least studied.
The second volume of The Road to Empowerment: Strengthening the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (Arquiza, 2007) illustrates what peoples’ …


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