About the book:
The book also takes into account the contemporary relevance of tattooing as an aspect of asserting identity and a practice that draws tourists into the region. The author demonstrates that tattooing practices of the Kalinga have both a long history and a vibrant future. The book won a National Book Award for Social Sciences.
Publisher: University of the Philippines Press
Publication Date: 2013
About the author:
Analyn ‘Ikin’ Salvador-Amores is the first Filipina scholar to obtain a masters degree and a doctorate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Hertford College, Oxford University.
She was generously supported and funded by the International Fellowships Program of the Ford Foundation. As a native of Baguio, she wasted no time in pursuing a research closest to her heart by studying Kalinga’s traditional tattoos in diaspora. Salvador-Amores spent 15 months in Kalinga to provide an ethnographic account and analysis of the practice of batok or batek, the term used for the traditional Igorot tattoos among the Kalinga.