Eduardo Masferre photographs of the Luzon Cordillera, circa 1934-1956

Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.PhotoLot.91-30
Creators:
Masferré, E. (Eduardo), 1909-1995
Dates:
circa 1934-1956
Languages:
Undetermined
Physical Description:
152 prints
silver gelatin
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Photographs made by Eduardo Masfere documenting the lives and culture of the Igorot (mountain) people, mainly Bontok and Kalinga. There are also a few photographs that relate to the Gaddang, Ifugao, and Kankanai. Many of the photographs are portraits, though others show pipes and tobacco use, basketry and weaving, ceremonies, and agriculture.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Eduardo Masferre (1909-1995) was born in the Gran Cordillera Central region of Luzon to a Spanish father and native Filipino mother from the Kankanai tribe. Between 1914 and 1921, the Masferre family lived in Spain, where Eduardo began his education. After completing his schooling in the Philippines, Masferre followed in his father's footsteps and became a missionary teacher and then a missionary administrator in Sagada. He began photographing the mountain tribes in 1934, documenting traditions that he feared would be lost. After World War II, he opened a photographic studio in Bontok, selling studio portraits as well as photographs of nearby villages. In 1988, a book of his photographs, E. Masferre: People of the Philippine Cordillera, was produced.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies note
Collection also includes copy negatives, made from the prints.
Author
Sarah Ganderup

Local Call Number(s)
Local Call Number(s)
NAA Photo Lot 91-30

Bibliography
Bibliography
Photographs published in Jill Gale de Villa, Maria Teresa Garcia-Farr, and Gladys Montgomery, E. Masferre: People of the Philippine Cordillera, Photographs, 1934-1956, Manila: Devcon I.P. Inc., 1988; and Paul Michael Taylor, "Eduardo Masferre, Photographer of Highland Luzon," Discovery: The Magainze of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History 25, no. 2, 1995.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
The collection is open for research.
Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Conditions Governing Use note
These photographs cannot be published without permission from Eduardo Masferre's heirs.
Preferred Citation note
Photo lot 91-30, Eduardo Masferre photographs of the Luzon Cordillera, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Location of Other Archival Materials
Location of Other Archival Materials
A photograph of Masferre held in the National Anthropological Archives in Photo Lot R92-43.

Custodial History note
Custodial History note
103 prints donated by Eduardo Masferre to the Department of Anthropology, with additional funds from Mobil Oil Company, 1991; Masferre donated 49 additional prints at the same time.

Other Finding Aids note
Other Finding Aids note
List with references to photos published in Jill Gale de Villa's book on the Masferre photographs, available in repository.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Basket making Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tobacco Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tattooing Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cordillera Administrative Region (Philippines) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Philippines Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Igorot (Philippine people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kalinga (Philippine people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bontoks (Philippine people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ifugao (Philippine people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Gaddang (Philippine people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Kankanay (Philippine people) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pottery craft Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Textile fabrics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Weaving Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rites and ceremonies Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Agriculture Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cooking Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dwellings Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Musical instruments Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
http://www.anthropology.si.edu/naa/