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How feet look after not wearing shoes for 100 yrs
Trekking up and down the hillsides of Kalinga takes legs, lungs and heart. It also takes a stout walking stick. A couple of these photos show the before and after picture of my walking stick resulting from my half-day in the villages. The bent, twisted toes of the 100-year old man (see below) show how walking barefoot and bumping rocks for years can impact you.
This guy is clearly older, and my guide says he’s 100. He smokes, and still works carving little pipes and has been a craftsman of many different useful items for his whole life. Many of the older tattooed ladies (see above) have life spans of 80 or 90 years old.
The demographics of the villages seem to be several older people, mostly supported by their adult children who, in turn, have a lot of little kids. Many of them seek education outside the village, but apparently most return.
It was a little too early for me to do the run from Tinglayen to Tabuk, but the short season usually starts around July and wraps up by November.
The ancient tradition has mostly died out among the young, but as recently as 40-50 years ago, women who reach 16 would typically get intricate tattoos along arms and shoulders. In those days, women typically didn’t wear tops. The tattoos made them ‘more beautiful.’
One of the ladies in the village has tattooed 5,000 people. This includes many Kalinga, who would typically have to bring her a pig to pay for the work. These days, tourists who trek through the village pay 500 pesos, or so, in order to get this traditional work done. The younger woman who do wear tops at this time find the process too painful. See the video (see link) to see how this could be
Rice is the staff of life in northern Luzon
The single major rice crop provides the bulk of the food calories for a year. Each family stuffs their granaries, and then converts the rice field to a vegetable crop. This lady has black beans and corn working. She hand-weeds the garden, not only to provide the vegetables with nutrients, but to reduce the insect infestation, commercial pesticides being too expensive. I told her, and others, that this organic method fetches higher profits on the external market, but she told me that they barely grow enough to eat – there’s nothing left to export.
The plant-leaf covering on her back is a protection against both sun and rain. When I asked where her kids were, she said “school” – she wants them to find jobs that earn money so they don’t have to farm. Her husband was cleaning out another rice field post-harvest.
This manual labor extends to threshing, winnowing and drying of the crop. (see video) for the ancient mortar and pestle methods to separate grain from chaff and for sun-drying techniques. The terraces (see pic) are a picturesque display of the fields in their early green/ ripening gold glory. (see pic)
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