There are only 3 tribes left in the Philippines that still use the ancient writing system. Since 2008, my colleague (Ray Haguisan) and I (Christian Cabuay) have been traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area to the Philippines trying to revive the nearly extinct pre-colonial Ancient preFilipino writing system, called Baybayin.
In August 2015, we'll be attending the Pacific Ink and Art Expo to teach the script and talk about our indigenous tattoo patterns. It's been over 20 years since we've been to Hawaii. Every year, we get asked when we're coming to Hawaii for an event...THIS IS THE YEAR!
A FREE workshop on the writing system at a beach in the tradition of how our ancestors did it. All materials will be provided. Some of the topics:
- Modern revival
- Philippine context
- Writing each character
We also plan to have a raffle for the attendees
Filipinos are a large portion (about 25%) of the Hawaiian population and have a 100 year history dating back to the early 1900s when the Sakadas were brought in to work the plantations. There are Austronesian cultural connections like tattoos, languages, and mythology.
Baybayin sa Baybayin (means the writing at the shore)
prePhilippine Script Workshop
8/10 @ Ala Moana Beach State Park
Pacific Ink and Art Expo Neal S. Blaisdell Center Location: 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI 8/7-9 http://pacificinkandartexpo.com/Facebook event page
What the money will be used for
- Materials for workshop participants
- Printing of books
$10 - Downloadable and streamable video of a lecture on prePhilippine scripts and culture at the San Francisco Philippine Consulate recorded June 2015.
$15 - 1 name or word written in the prePhilippine script on watercolor paper approximately 5"x7".
$20 - 1 Shirt (women and men) with Puso (heart) in Baybayin. Black and white shirts.
$25 - 1 name or word hand burned in the prePhilippine script on an adjustable bamboo pendant. 100% hand-made.
$30 - Snapback hat with Puso (heart) in Baybayin.
$40 - Single plate pendent (bamboo) Trapezoid shape aproximately 1" wide across the top, 2' wide across the bottom, 2" length with adjustable sliding cord.
$50 - Single plate pendent (narra) Trapezoid shape aproximately 1" wide across the top, 2' wide across the bottom, 2" length. The cord will be fully braided and sized at 20" with s hook and loop closure
$140 - Pangalapang necklace. Traditionally made of mother of pearl, this status necklace is presented in bamboo. Each plate is hand cut and hand shaped with traditional motifs that are wood burned.
The large necklace features the "Minamata" pattern along the bottom which represents the eyes of the ancestors. The center plate features an omen bird which represents guidance.
Large Pangalapang, bamboo plates are trapezoid shape and measure approximately 1" wide across the top, 2" across the bottom, 2" length.
The smaller necklace features the "Minamata" in vertical orientation which forms the back of a python that represents the line of ancestry.
Small Pangalapang, bamboo plates are trapezoid shape and measure approximately 1" wide across the top, 1" wide across the bottom, 2" length.
Risks and challenges
If we don't raise the money, we'll still do the events but without the free materials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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