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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Narratives of the Vulval Curse in Bontok and Kalinga, Philippines

Narratives of the Vulval Curse in Bontok and Kalinga, Philippines

(p.233) Narratives of the Vulval Curse in Bontok and Kalinga, Philippines
At Home and in the Field

Melisa Casumbal-Salazar

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines gendered indigenous resistance to the Chico IV dam and hydropower development project in the Cordillera Mountains in the northern Philippines. The project, if built, would have inundated dozens of Bontok and Kalinga ili (villages), requiring the relocation of approximately fifteen thousand families, or one hundred thousand people, from their ancestral lands. Bontok and Kalinga villagers organized to oppose the Chico IV project in many ways, however this chapter will focus on a particular narrative centering on the disrobing tactics of village women. These villagers had torn down dam workers' and soldiers' campsites, thrown their construction lumber into the Chico River, and created human barricades to prevent them from accessing their equipment. With tremendous support from allies throughout the Cordillera region, in Manila, and internationally, the villagers exerted so much pressure that the Chico IV project was never built.

Keywords:   indigenous resistance, Chico IV project, Cordillera Mountains, Bontok, Kalinga, Philippines, disrobing tactics, village women, feminism

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