Sunday, June 2, 2024

Igorot Girl in Tublay

"Igorot girl of Tublay." That's the original caption that accompanied this photo taken between 1898 and 1912. Unfortunately, aside from the caption, we don't know very much about this young lady in the picture.

However, we can gather clues from how the photo was taken, where it was taken, and other photos similar to it. It's pretty obvious that the subject was posing for a portrait. Her full getup, her stance, and the chair used as a prop are cues of a planned portrait session.

This is just one of several photos taken at the same location with other Igorot subjects. Most of these photos were portraits. Here's what's interesting - some of these subjects have been identified. They included Juan Carino, his brother, and his sister.

Juan Carino is the older brother of Mateo Carino, the Ibaloi leader who owned a good portion of the land that is now Baguio City. That said, it's possible that this "Igorot girl of Tublay" belonged to the Carino clan.

Image source: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.