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Philippines Art and Culture Featured at CWU Museum

A new exhibition on the indigenous arts of the Philippines will open at CWU’s Museum of Culture and Environment at 5:30 p.m. on April 9. Binding Culture: Living Landscapes and Material Life in Northern Luzon, Philippines is co-organized by anthropologist Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis University) and CWU museum collections manager Lynn Bethke. The exhibit will be open through June 13.

Binding Cultures celebrates the artistic brilliance and technological creativity of the peoples of the Philippines’ Cordillera region in Northern Luzon. The objects integrate practical functions and aesthetic power, illustrating the social and environmental adaptability of their creators in a rapidly changing world. Basketry and textiles created by artists from Kalinga, Ifugao and Bontoc indigenous communities are featured.

“We are delighted to be able to display these beautiful objects from the museum’s permanent collection, which showcase works of great technical sophistication and aesthetic mastery,” said Museum Director Mark Auslander.   

Schattschneider, an associate professor of anthropology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, will speak on “Gender and Material Life in the Philippines,” during the opening reception on April 9. Schattschneider, a visual anthropologist, will draw on her own experiences living and working with indigenous women fabric artists in the highlands of the northern Philippines. Filippino food and refreshments will be served during the reception.

The museum is on the first floor of Dean Hall. It is open 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Media contact: Mark Auslander, CWU Museum Director, 509-963-3209,

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