Bugkalot elder | Jacob Maentz
Open Edition with a Fotomoto Certificate of Authenticity.
8 x 10in Pigment Print on Hahnemuehle Photo Rag.
The late 84-year-old Adolfo Quiwegh, a Bugkalot elder, with his grandson. He wears a tukbed, a hornbill headdress, and a batling, a long hornbill earring, traditionally reserved for Bugkalot headhunters. Unlike other headhunting Tribes in Southeast Asia, for the Bugkalot, the taking of a head was not an assertion of dominance over another group, but a necessary rite of passage to tame a young man’s wild spirit, freeing him from his passions in order to grow into maturity and to take on a wife. Nueva Vizcaya, 2019.