Indigenous Archaeology in the Philippines
Decolonizing Ifugao History
Indigenous Archaeology in the Philippines highlights how collaborative archaeology and knowledge co-production among the Ifugao, an Indigenous group in the Philippines, contested (and continue to contest) enduring colonial tropes. Stephen B. Acabado and Marlon M. Martin explain how the Ifugao made decisions that benefited them, including formulating strategies by which they took part in the colonial enterprise, exploiting the colonial economic opportunities to strengthen their sociopolitical organization, and co-opting the new economic system. The archaeological record shows that the Ifugao successfully resisted the Spanish conquest and later accommodated American empire building.
This book illustrates how descendant communities can take control of their history and heritage through active collaboration with archaeologists. Drawing on the Philippine Cordilleran experiences, the authors demonstrate how changing historical narratives help empower peoples who are traditionally ignored in national histories.
“Acabado and Martin provide a welcome addition to the literature on colonialism and archaeology in the early modern/modern world. The book is about decolonizing Indigenous landscapes and the habitus of Ifugao as they co-opted nonterritorial forms of governance. As an archaeology, it is particularly timely, giving complexity and nuance to aspirations and concerns, including collaborative research designs, ‘slow archaeology,’ and useable pasts.”―Mark W. Hauser, Northwestern University