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Grace Nono

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781501760082

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2022

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501760082.001.0001

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Song Travels

Song Travels

Mumbaki Mobility and the Relationality of Place

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Babaylan Sing Back

Grace Nono

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores two generations of Ifugao mumbaki (ritual specialists) in the persons of Philippines-based male mumbaki Bruno “Buwaya” Tindongan and his son, transnational male mumbaki Mamerto “Lagitan” Tindongan. It also carries important contributions to the text by baki followers, allies, and detractors in the Philippines and in the United States, among them Lagitan's neo-shaman teachers and associates and other Filipino Americans. The chapter contests the discursive confinement of the babaylan in ancestral homelands, emphasizing a Native ritual specialist's multiple emplacements. It also complicates portrayals of land-based ritual specialists as uncolonized and nonmodern. The chapter draws on interviews and ritual participation in Banaue, Ifugao; Bunawan, Agusan del Sur; Quezon City, Metro Manila; Athens, Ohio; Los Angeles, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Queens, New York; Wallingford, Connecticut; and Ontario, Canada.

Keywords:   Ifugao mumbaki, ritual specialists, Bruno Tindongan, Mamerto Tindongan, baki, ancestral homelands, ritual specialists, Filipino Americans

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