Indigenous Transitions – Hannah Reyes

Transitions to Modernity: The Changing Filipino Indigenous Culture

The Philippines is home to a large number of indigenous groups.

Through the years, succeeding waves of migration and colonization have pushed

them into the interior highlands of the islands where physical isolation helped

them retain their customs and traditions. However, improving access to roads, mainstream education, and

media is changing their culture as the younger generations slowly assimilate into mainstream culture.

This project is a visual narrative of the transition of three indigenous communities in Luzon,

the Aytas of Pampanga, the Butbuts of Kalinga, and the Ivatans of Batanes.

We are exploring the transitions to modernity–how old traditions are surviving,

what remains under broader social pressure, and what new forms are emerging through the fusion of cultures.

Hannah Reyes

is a documentary and travel photographer from the Philippines. She is represented by National Geographic Creative and a member of Cambodia-based Ruom Collective. Her work has been published in print and online in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time (online), National Geographic (online), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, and has been exhibited in Manila; Copenhagen; Aalborg, Denmark and Nanning, China.


Location : Acquaintance – 아는사람 from Nov 1st till the 15th

Acquaintance - 아는사람

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