Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ifugao Rice Terraces Diorama at the Smithsonian

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Photo taken in 1976 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. 
No dioramas were shown about contemporary Philippines at that time.*

We may be happy to see the image of our ancestors,
the uniqueness of our culture, and pride of our race;
and art for art sake, we may forgive the trespassers,
yet unforgiving we are on the bias of time and grace.
Would we rather remain silent and choose obscurity
if history is hid of its crowning glory and praise? ~

Author, then regional director of the National Grains Authority 
(now National Food Authority), is seen here viewing the diorama, July 1976

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