Ifugao

Introduction

Ifugao elders

The Ifugao are wet-rice agriculturalists occupying the mountainous area of northern Luzon, Philippines.

Known to the Spanish conquistadores and missionaries as the Ygolote, (Igolot, or Igorrote) and to Americans as the Igorot, the Ifugao inhabit the most rugged and mountainous part of the country.

In the Philippines and around the world, the Ifugao are best known for the Banaue Rice Terraces, which were carved into the mountains of Ifugao at least 2,000 years ago. Aside from their rice terraces, the Ifugaos are known for their literary traditions of the “hudhud” and the “alim.”

The term “Ifugao” is derived from “ipugo” which means earth people or mortals or humans, as distinguished from spirits and deities. It also means “from the hill,” as “pugo” means hill.

Adapted from Wikipedia’s article on the Ifugao People

Get Rid of Ads. Support us on Patreon!

Indigenous Peoples Blockade OceanaGold Mine in the Philippines

Underreported Struggles #31, October 2009

People of Didipio Face Increasing Pressure from Philippines Government

We're fighting for our lives

Indigenous Peoples are putting their bodies on the line and it's our responsibility to make sure you know why. That takes time, expertise and resources - and we're up against a constant tide of misinformation and distorted coverage. By supporting IC you're empowering the kind of journalism we need, at the moment we need it most.

independent uncompromising indigenous
Except where otherwise noted, articles on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons License
IC is a publication of the Center for World Indigenous Studies (cwis.org), a 501C(3) based in the United States

Join more than 20,000 followers!

IC is a publication of the Center for World Indigenous Studies