IP rep submits proposal to preserve traditional attires

THE CITY council passed on first reading an item promoting the proper use of indigenous peoples’ traditional attire.

The item, proposed by the committee on cultural communities, aims to seek for the prior consent of tribal leaders for the use of their traditional attire during parades, exhibits, gatherings, presentations and other public activities.

According to the text of the resolution, authored by IP mandatory representative Halila Sudagar, the idea is to get the permission of the tribes regarding the appropriateness of their garb as well as their correct presentation.

“The costume/attire of every Indigenous Peoples (IP) holds a sacred tradition and an essential component of the IP’s cultural identity. That every fabric, color, cut, design or style has a significant connotation and inviolable meaning and relevance which is being practiced and protected by the indigenous cultural communities,” Sudagar said.

“There have been several individuals, groups and personalities that have been using/wearing IP attire/costumes in certain events like Kadayawan, Araw ng Dabaw, school affairs, community programs and other related events, in such a way that violated and disregarded the sacred tradition of the IPs concerned due to modification of attires, mixing up of colors and other related conduct,” she said.

Sudagar said only the tribal leaders, elders, deputy mayors, and other duly authorized representative of the IP tribe can properly determine the appropriateness and correctness as to the use and display of their traditional attire.

There is a need to encourage prior permission and consultation to the Indigenous Peoples tribal leaders or deputy mayor before its use during events, parade, exhibits, gatherings, presentations and other public or private activities, she added.

According to Sudagar, the item is being proposed in accordance with a memorandum from the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) on the promotion of the priority development and cultural appreciation of the country’s IPs.

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