National Geographic : 1911 Mar
VOL. XXII, No. 3 WASHINGTON MARCH, 1911 iMAT AL FIELD SPORTS AMONG THE WILD MEN OF NORTHERN LUZON By DEAN C. WORCESTER SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS With Photographsby the Author MY acquaintance with the wild men of northern Luzon began in July, 19oo, shortly after the arrival of the second Philippine Com mission at Manila. We now know that there are but seven non-Christian tribes in northern Luzon, namely, the Negritos, the Benguet Lepanto Igorots, the Ilongots or Ibilaos, the Ifugaos, the Bontoc Igorots, the Kalingas, and the Tingians; but at that time no member of the Philippine Com mission had any personal familiarity with the tribes of this region. My own pre vious travels had been limited to Marin duque, Mindoro, the Visayan Islands, Mindanao, and the Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Palawan groups. No other Commis sioner had ever previously visited the Philippines. I was therefore forced to get my information concerning the non Christian people of northern Luzon from the available literature, which was full of contradictions and obvious misstate ments. For instance, Fernando Blumentritt, whose extraordinarily incorrect state- ments relative to the non-Christian peo ple of this region had at that time hardly been questioned, assigned to it a total of some 36 tribes, while the Jesuit priests at Manila, following Blumentritt for the most part, gave a total of 26. In the general scheme of government for the Philippines, the control of all non-Christian tribes, except those of the Moro province, was assigned to the Sec retary of the Interior. It also fell to my lot to draft such legislation as might be deemed necessary in the premises; and, in order that I might do this with an adequate knowledge of the facts and might exercise intelligently the somewhat arbitrary authority vested in me by law, it seemed to me necessary to visit the wild man at home, and to investigate conditions on the ground. I therefore began a series of trips which were at first limited to the territory over which the Spaniards had established some sem blance of authority, but were gradually extended to previously unknown regions until I had familiarized myself with conditions throughout practically all of northern Luzon.