The Tboli

The Tboli are an Indigenous Cultural Community of the Philippines. They live in small mountains surrounding Lake Sebu, in the Cotabato Cordillera, Southern Mindanao.

Their territory went through spectacular transformations during the past decades. Until the 1950's, this region was entirely forested. Its inhabitants lived in small hamlets surrounded by temporary gardens, in the heart of the forest which fed them. Their fine knowledge of the vegetal and animal world impregnated their imaginary and their arts.

The massive immigration of farmers from other regions of the Philippines disrupted the territory. This sudden transition was detrimental to the Tboli, many of whom lost all access to land and now live in utter precariousness.

The musicians of Lemhadong are all Tboli, and it is the Tboli cultural heritage they wish to share through this record project.

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