A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad in Early Colonial Mindanao

A Mountain of Difference: The Lumad in Early Colonial Mindanao

by Oona Paredes


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A Mountain of Difference recasts the early colonial encounter between the indigenous Lumad and Christian missionaries in the southern Philippines. This groundbreaking study of the Lumad—the non-Muslim native peoples of Mindanao—draws on Spanish archival sources and indigenous oral traditions to reconceptualize the political and cultural history of the island's "upland" minorities.While Lumad peoples are widely believed to have successfully resisted the traumatic transformations of Spanish colonization, Oona Paredes makes a case for the deep cultural impact of Catholic missions in Mindanao, arguing that key elements of "traditional" Lumad life today may have evolved from earlier cross-cultural encounters with Iberian Catholic missionaries. Vignettes of Lumad life prior to the nineteenth century show different communities actively engaging colonial power and mediating its exercise according to local priorities, with unexpected results.This book complicates our understanding of Mindanao’s history and ethnography, and outlines the beginning of an autonomous history for the marginalized Lumad peoples. The interactions explored in this book illuminate the surprisingly complex cultural and power dynamics at the peripheries of European colonialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877277613
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2013
Series: Studies on Southeast Asia
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 917,796
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Oona Paredes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Table of Contents

Map of Mindanao ix

Map of Southeast Asia in the 1800s x

Acknowledgments xi

Preface: The Problem of History 1

Chapter 1 Las Dychas Yslas: The Aforementioned Islands 17

Chapter 2 Blessed are the Peacemakers: Recoletos and the Other Mission to Mindanao 37

Chapter 3 Blood Brothers and the Enemies of God: Stories of the Kagayanon Conversion 65

Chapter 4 Treachery Most Foul: María Campan and the Caraga Revolt of 1631 83

Chapter 5 Your Slaves Who Shall Serve You: The Hinterland Tribes of Mindanao Seek Patronage 121

Chapter 6 The Golden Cane and Other Colonial Symbols of Indigenous Authority 151

Afterword: Respecting Place 167

Appendices 177

Appendix A Abbreviations 177

Appendix B A Note on Translation and Orthography 178

Appendix C On the Citation of Archival Sources 179

Appendix D Mindanao Missions of the Recoletos, First and Second Mission Periods 181

Appendix E Transcript from the Archivo Provincial'de Los Agustinos Recoletos Regarding the Founding of the Mission of Tagoloán 183

Index 187

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