ARTIST NAME: James Santia
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
The painting depicts the richness in history and cultural aspects of the original settlers and major tribes of Tagum namely Kagan, Mandaya and Mansaka. It portrays the rivers as historical landmarks which became part of the lives of their ancestors, their refuge in times of war, and the place where they went to trade and find other means of living. Moreover, the art shows the three dominant indigenous groups’ beliefs giving value to the conduct of rituals referring to their God as Tagallang na “Magbabaya” whom they traditionally believe the existence as their highest God. This leads to the holding of Kaimunan Festival, a celebration of Culture & Customs of Mindanaoan Tribes performing a ritual offering for the glory of their God.