National Anthropological Archives

Center for Short-lived Phenomena photograph collection relating to Tasaday people, circa 1971

Collection ID:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Short-lived Phenomena
circa 1971
Physical Description:
40 Contact prints
7 Copy prints
11 Prints
silver gelatin

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs depicting Tasaday people, shelters, and tools. Many of the photographs were provided by PANAMIN (the Private Association for National Minorities or the Presidential Arm for National Minorities) and were made by either Manuel Elizalde, Jr. or Dr. Robert B. Fox, both PANAMIN employees.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
The Center for Short-Lived Phenomena (CSLP) was created in January 1968 to assist Smithsonian scientists by providing an information service on phenomena such as meteoritics, vulcanism, earthquakes, and sudden ecological events or changes. One of the events on which they reported was the discovery of the "Tasaday Manube" tribe in July 1971. According to Dr. Robert B. Fox (Chief Anthropologist for the National Museum of the Philippines and Director of Panamin research), PANAMIN President Manuel Elizalde, Jr. made the first Western contact with the Tasaday people, who were an isolated "stone age" level tribe with no agriculture or contact with other Philippine people. In the 1980s, the discovery was accused of being a hoax, leading to an ongoing controversy.

Sarah Ganderup
Custodial History note
The photographs were left by the Center for Short-lived Phenomena when it left the Smithsonian and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1975. They were transferred by Elizabeth Neals of the Department of Mineral Sciences, 1986.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
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Preferred Citation note
Photo Lot 86-49, Center for Short-lived Phenomena photograph collection relating to Tasaday people, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
Copies of Center for Short-lived Phenomena articles, including one on the "Tasaday Manubo Discovery," were donated with this collection. They can be found in the National Anthropological Archives Reference Files.
Location of Other Archival Materials
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds the Center for Short-lived Phenomena's event cards (SIA Acc. T89040, SIA Acc. 11-301, SIA RS01444), publications (SIA RS01443, SIA Acc. 09-129, SIA Acc. T89038), and records (SIA RU000607, SIA Acc. T89037).

More Information
Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 86-49

Photographs published in Smithsonian Institution Center for Short-lived Phenomena Annual Report, 1971.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Tasaday (Philippine people) Cultural Context Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philippines Geographic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Panamin Foundation Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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