Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cordillera Dancers

Video Find of the Day

Here's the St. Louis Cordillera Dancers doing a Gangsa Medley. That's "gangsa" as in hand carried gongs, not "ganster", and also not to be confused with Indonesian gangsas, which are percussion instruments that rest on the floor. Also, that is the St. Louis University of Baguio City, in Benguet Province, in the Philippines, about 150 miles north of Manila just beyond the Cordillera Mountain Range, not the one in Missouri. The songs are songs of the Cordillerano, indigenous peoples of that region, also sometimes known as the Igorot, a collective term for their many tribes.

Gangsa Medley

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