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Mindanao and the Cordillera AN OUTSIDERS VIEW Ken Fuller 02/02/2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Mindanao and the Cordillera


AN OUTSIDERS VIEW
Ken Fuller
02/02/2010

We saw in last week’s column that Thomas M. McKenna (Muslim Rulers and Rebels, Anvil, 2000) disputes the proposition that the concept of “Morohood” was born before or during the Spanish colonial period. Instead, he argues that it “was first developed and nurtured during the American colonial period with the active encouragement of representatives of the colonial state.”

In Muslim Mindanao, the USA initially “ruled indirectly through cooperating datus...” As stated by Leonard Wood, governor of Moro Province (and later of the whole country): “Our policy is to develop individualism among these people and, little by little, to teach them to stand on their own two feet independent of petty chieftains. In order to do this the chief or headman has to be given some position of more or less authority under the government, but he ceases to have any divine rights.”  MORE


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