Bontoc Museum, Mountain Province, Luzon, Philippines

Bontoc Museum was founded by a Belgian nun to preserve the history and heritage of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera region, collectively known as the Ipugao (or commonly spelled Ifugao; the Tagalog call them Igorot).

The museum’s collection includes traditional costumes, hunting and farming tools, and turn-of-the-century photographs of the Ifugao, headhunter warriors and their prizes, and American missionaries trying to convert the natives. Also on display are centuries-old Chinese ceramics and archeological objects found in Cordillera caves.

The museum building is patterned after a traditional Ifugao house, with furniture and household implements. At the back of the museum is a replica of an Ifugao village, including stone shelters known as ilis.

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