Bukidnon Views: Bukidnon Culture: The Knowledge by Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan (Fourth of a series)

Bukidnon Views:

Bukidnon Culture: The Knowledge
By Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan

(Fourth of a series)

(Bukidnon News releases this five-part series on the Bukidnon culture
with permission from the author. These materials have been previously
published by the BSU Ethno-cultural Museum and the Bukidnon Heritage
Foundation.

The script, Ms. Dinlayan says, in its simplest form, features the
tangible and intangible heritage of the culture of Bukidnon. She added
that culture is treated as a treasure in a precious container. In this
cultural presentation, the rituals, the history, the treasures, the
knowledge and the message of Bukidnons are portrayed.

She said this is a ‘cultural tour’ with a script.

“I invite each reader to treat each item as an access to explore the
depth and width of Bukidnon culture,” she said.)

The Knowledge

“Magkinnau ki,
Ambaw, Bakbak, Kulilaw, Dalampakan.”

(Let us learn, Ambaw, Bakbak, Kulilaw, Dalampakan)Indigenous knowledge.
Unwritten knowledge.
Ethno-Science.
School of living traditions.

Our cognitive map is characterized by depth and width.
Our minds speak more than our mouth.
Few words, more meaning.
Simple words, deep meaning.

We see rice fields as not food
but LIFE.
We see lands as not properties
but ANCESTORS.
We see nature as not resources
but CO-EXISTENT.

We respect life.
We respect ancestors.
We respect our co-existent.

Knowledge blends with respect.

This is our perspective.
This is our cognitive map.

A as in Ambaw
B as in Bakbak
K as in Kulilaw
D as in Dalampakan.

Sabuwa, daruwa
Tatulo, Ha-epat
Lalima, Ha-enem
Pitu, Walu
Siyam, Sampulo.

Nature teaches.
We learn from the course of nature.
We learn from the color of the fields.
We learn from the rhythm of the rain.
We learn from the dwellers of the forest.
We learn from the nature’s expertise.

Nature traces our cultural root.
Nature enhances our knowledge.
Nature directs the destination of our knowledge.
Nature points the future of our knowledge.
Nature is our teacher.
The Land is our University.

We write.
We read.
We count.
We sing.
We dance.

Unschooled but are asked by the schooled.
Interviews invade our privacy.
When they explore our knowledge,
they explore our lives.
Our knowledge is equated with our life.

Life is knowledge.
Knowledge is life.

(Bukidnon Views is the opinion section of Bukidnon News. Loreta Sol L.
Dinlayan is currently the in-charge of the Ethno-cultural Museum of
Bukidnon State University, Malaybalay City. She is the daughter of
Datu Bagangbangan. She can be reached through angaray_bsc@yahoo.com.)

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