Sining Katutubo (SIKAT) is a duly-recognized, non-stock, non-profit organization for indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines. Going by the tagline that is “by IPs, for IPs," the organization envisions a better state of livelihood for IP communities—in terms of skills and tools needed; preservation and advancement of indigenous arts and culture; modified eco-tourism that immerses tourists in the day-to-day activities and conditions of IPs; and support for IPs' concerns such as displacement and loss of livelihood due to land-grabbing.
Since November 29, 2013, SIKAT has lived out its mission to harness and provide means for the indigenous peoples’ communities to develop and share their culture through arts, crafts, produce and products by putting up Marketing Centers and doing IP Products Promotion. These Marketing Centers showcase products produced by IPs such as handicrafts, native delicacies, fresh and organic vegetables, among others.
This effort to revitalize and promote indigenous peoples culture is especially relevant given the fact that most Filipinos nowadays are rather unfamiliar with what “pure Filipino” culture is due to the effects of colonization in the past and globalization in the present.
Currently, ten tribal groups are assisted by SIKAT — the Ilongot-Bugkalot, Bagobo, Dumagat-Remontado, Ati, Igorot, Kankana-ey, Aeta, Ibanag, Mansaka and Ibaloy.
Besides serving as an avenue to promote culture and provide livelihood, SIKAT also does workshops and provides access to other public resources.
CONNECT WITH SIKAT
SIKAT is currently looking for volunteers and interns.
They also invite people to give donations of any kind to build more Marketing Centers.
Call/Text: +63 923 831 8912
Office: Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City.