The National Museum of the Philippines has released a new book, Lumad Mindanao. The book features photos from the Field’s archives, among others. From the National Museum’s website:
This is dedicated to the Lumadnon as another collective indigenous group in the southern Philippines perceptively negotiating and narrating their place in the Filipino society. We hope that this publication will help narrow gaps in accounts written about them and understand their present situation by providing accessible and updated reference material.
The Field Museum hosted Lumad visitors in 2019. Nine Lumad members, representing the Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Council of Elders (MIPCEL), explored the Museum’s Philippines collection of 10,000+ items during a tour with Head of Anthropological Collections Jamie Kelly and Collections Assistant Julia Kennedy.
John Terrell, Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology and his son Gabriel, who is studying labor relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, worked together every Saturday morning for over four years writing their first book together. It's now out and available for purchase from Routledge. (https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781003013761).
Archaeology as a modern science only reached the South Pacific in the wake of World War II. Before then, everyone's understanding of Pacific prehistory was grounded on misleading European ideas about race and alleged racial migrations "out of Asia." Recently, human molecular geneticists have begun to turn their gaze toward Oceania and its inhabitants. The results published so far leave a great deal to be desired--as Regenstein Curator John Terrell surveyed last year in Scientific American. In April 2019, Antony Funnell at the Australian Broadcasting Company interviewed Terrell about the use and misuse of human genetics. In particular, Funnell asked him to explain why he feels it isn't necessarily a wise idea to send off a sample of your spit to a commercial genetics laboratory in hopes of discovering the secrets allegedly hidden in your DNA about your personal ancestry and future prospects for a good, healthy life. Listen to the program here.