Traditional Dance Practices of the Bukidnon Karul-anon

  • Karla C Salvallon
Keywords: Indigenous People, Sinugabin, Pandango, Binuy-u, Inagong, Balitaw, Buhat, Traditional dances


This research study aimed to identify the most influential social activities that developed the dances; the historical background of such dances; their classifications; and their implications for the lives of the indigenous people of Barangay Carol-an. The Historical Method was used in this study. The researcher sought the assistance of the IP leader to establish trust with the members of the Indigenous people. Thus, this study underwent evaluation and approval from the National Commission for Indigenous People.  Furthermore, the researcher immersed herself in the community to thoroughly understand their dances. Thoughts, findings, and results from the study gave more understanding on the different cultural practices of the people, such as rituals and beliefs, customs and traditions, and traditional personal values. There were five identified folk dances of the Indigenous People (IP) of Carol – an, namely, the Sinugabin, Pandango, Binuy-u, Inagong, and Balitaw. These traditional dances were performed by the indigenous people as part of their rituals, beliefs, customs, and traditions. They were classified as courtship and ritual dances performed by the IPs during and after their ritual ceremony called "Buhat". The documentaries gathered may be made as instructional materials for the K-12 program in teaching local dances in grade schools in the future.