Culture Change in a Philippine Folk Society

Elkins, Richard E.
July 1966
Philippine Sociological Review;Jul66, Vol. 14 Issue 3, p160
Academic Journal
The article discusses cultural change in the Philippine folk society of Barandias and Bukidnon. Manobo families claim Barandias as their home. The Monobo's life and economy is based on swidden cultivation. Each a spot is selected in the forest to be cleared for planting the season's rice crop. The trees are cut and burned in preparation for planting which takes place in April. The lack of surplus is a result of at least two factors. The first is the inefficiency of technology employed. The use of more advanced tools and methods such as the plow and the water buffalo and fertilization will doubtless yield more food. The second factor is the apparent lack of moti- vation to work. The history of change in this society began a number of years before World War II. Acculturation was highly accelerated when the Philippine government included the area in and around Barandias in a settlement project which offered "land for the landless". A landless lowlander family could obtain on credit a farm plot of sixteen acres, food for the first year, house-building materials, a water buffalo, and farm implements. The introduction by the government of education in the area has been an influence for change. Another factor which, together with increased contact, tends to accelerate change is the custom of reciprocal sharing of goods with anyone who asks for them.


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