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Lopez Museum commemorates International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 2012 with ‘Land is Life’ on August 18, 2012 with Dr. Nestor Castro and Ms. Nikki Luna.

“Land is Life: The Cultural Attachment of Indigenous Peoples to Their Ancestral Lands With Dr. Nestor Castro and Ms. Nikki Luna on August 18”
Indigenous peoples’ refusal to be relocated to other areas where they are believed by others to have a better life is seldom understood . The very strong attachment to their traditional territories and their resources is economic, social, political as well as spiritual. The Lopez Museum has invited Dr Nestor Castro of UP’s Department of Anthropology to discuss the relationship between indigenous peoples and their ancestral lands and domains on August 18, Saturday, 2-4 pm. Artist Nikki Luna, in her work 7 Lupa, draws attention to the displacement experienced by indigenous peoples in 7 highly militarized areas in Mindanao. This work can be seen in the ongoing exhibition Beat. Ms Luna will also discuss her work.
Land is Life: The Cultural Attachment of Indigenous Peoples to Their Ancestral Lands
With Dr Nestor Castro and Ms Nikki Luna
August 18, 2012, Saturday
2-4 pm
Fee: Php120.00
Contact Person: Ms Fanny San Pedro/Ms Ethel Villafranca
Contact Details: 6359545/
Dr. Castro is chair of the UP Department of Anthropology whose expertise includes Political Anthropology, Development Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Cultural Heritage. His lecture will look into the land-is-life ideology through historical and environmental roots with case studies to illustrate conflicts between Western notion of land and indigenous concepts of land ownership, utilization and management. Included are recommendations on how to mitigate cross-cultural conflicts related to land issues in the Philippines. Ms Nikki Luna is a painting graduate of UP College of Fine Arts who is currently taking her MA in Women and Development Studies.
Beat explores the wordplay that comes with the summoning of dual meanings. Beat can be interpreted as defeat or surrender, as shown in Danilo Dalena’s Talo, Jerry Elizalde Navarro’s Flying Machine for Icarus, or La Barca de Aqueronte by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. It can also indicate rhythm and movement as revealed in Juvenal Sanso’s Carnival, La Fete, Mardi Gras, and Joyride or through Pacita Abad’sRecluse. Artists Ernest Concepcion and Nikki Luna are featured artists in this exhibition.
The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, 8am-5pm.