Thursday, September 22, 2011

Am-Among Festival, 2011

 The 2011 Am-Among Festival was once again a colorful visual and cultural experience for all who participated in and observed the activities.

Lisa snapped these photos as the street dancers were queing up for the parade.

In years past, these young ladies may have been comparing actual tattoos covering their arms.

The dances and cultural represented aspects of traditional life among the Bontoc people.  All of these presentations were made through the medium of traditional gong music and dancing.  Many depicted the agricultural background of the people here.

The girl on the left is Casey, a friend who used to be part of our SSM program.

Other Igorot historical practices such as courtship were highlighted as well.  But perhaps the most exciting was a presentation of a war dance where two combatants struggled against each other using traditional weapons.  The dancers showed intensity as the gongs played and they alternately danced for position and charged, clashing shields as they leaped through the air.

The festival was a great opportunity for our visiting team to experience the sights and sounds of the culture of Bontoc.  While enjoying the festival, the team distributed water bottles, as we have done in the past, to spectators in an effort to share the love of God with others.
Arielle sharing a drink with a new friend.

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