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Back to School – Philippine Negrito Groups

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

An ethnographic map of the Philippines in the 1890s. Provincial negrito presence circa 1903 according to the maps from the Census of that period. The Philippine “negrito groups” comprise a diverse amalgamation of people speaking over 30 different languages who are spread across the archipelago, mostly in the areas near the Luzon Island in the north and the Visayas and Mindanao in the south. The negritos have very dark skin and are often attributed the “pygmy” moniker due to their size and stature. A favorite group of people studied by anthropological ethnographers, past scholarly works have painted what has become known as the “negrito myth:” small in size, kinky hair, wearing a thong, living in bands and roaming the forest for food. Even the term ‘negrito’ is scoffed at as being culturally insensitive. This study looked at in this article uses the term not in defiance of respect to the group, but because there lacks an appropriate name to give them otherwise. The study examined here set out to use GIS to map the displacement of negrito groups throughout the Philippines using historic data and more recent figures from the 2000 Philippines census. Negrito populations have been on the decline … testContinue reading

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