October 05, 2023
Faculty researchers of the Ifugao State University (IFSU) are currently attending a Folklore Collection & Curation: Literature Documentation Workshop in collaboration with the University of Tartu in Estonia, a fellow member of the Oceanic and Southeast Asian Navigation (OCSEAN) consortium.
The workshop aims to teach participants about the folklore of Estonia and the Cordillera region, particularly Ifugao, and how they are connected; share strategies on how to document folklore effectively using modern research methods; and strengthen ties between IFSU and the University of Tartu.
The workshop is a significant opportunity for IFSU faculty researchers to learn from Merili Metsvahi, Associate Professor of the University of Tartu, specializing in Folklore Studies, and to contribute to the preservation and promotion of indigenous folklore in the Cordillera region and beyond.
Folklore is the traditional stories, songs, and customs of a group of people. It is an important part of our culture, and it helps us to understand our history and traditions. However, folklore is at risk of disappearing due to globalization, urbanization, and cultural assimilation.
IFSU believes that by documenting folklore, we can help to ensure that future generations can learn about and enjoy it. The Folklore Documentation Workshop is a step towards achieving this goal.//Faith B. Napudo
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