School of Living Traditions
To ensure that the decades of cultural knowledfe and skills of our Bangsamoro forefathers will continue to live through the cultural works of art of the younger generation. BCPCH collaborates with LGUs in gathering more insights regarding the current situation and possible solutions to concerns of cultural workers and communitiees both in Mainland and Island provinces of BARMM. The Program engages the youth as future cultural advocates by provising a venue where their skills are being harnessed by cultural masters in a transfer of knowledge through series of skills training workshop such as Indigenous weaving, Cultural Performances, Handicrafts, Native Delicacies and Brassmaking.
Water Hyacinth Handicraft Making starts with harvesting the stalk of the right variety of water hyacinth in Liguasan Marsh that is called “Pusaw” in Maguindanaon language. Other varieties like “Butiti” and “Sawa” are not recommended for handicraft making. After the harvest, the stalk will be sun dried until its color turns to light brown. The dried stalk will be cut vertically making small strands of the stalk. The small strands will then be braided that will eventually form a long strand. This braided material can dye to put any color of your choice. This will be the final material to be used to weave products such as bags, pouch, slippers and among others.
Tutup is a traditional food cover with a colorful, dome-shaped design that is embellished with various colors and patterns. This vibrant traditional cover with geometric designs keeps the food warm and protected. The villagers of Guinanta, Albarka in the province of Basilan make Tutup with patience and dedication, from gathering raw materials to its making process.
Aside from its spectacular and historic sights, Tawi-Tawi’s Native Delicacies have been part of Bangsa Sama culture and customs because they reflect the love and passion of women belonging to Indigenous Communities in preparation for these traditional delicacies.