Robert Garfias recordings: Music & Dance of the Bagobo and Manobo, 1966

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Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Music & Dance of the Bagobo and Manobo
3 items  :  EC - 2 vcts (VHS, color) (copies 1 & 2); 1 vct (U-matic) (copy 3); Duration: 00:12:00
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Video copies of film produced by the University of Washington "Archives of Ethnic Music & Dance"; filmed 3/22 & 3/23/66; published by the University of Washington Press, 1970; out of print 1998. Film shows music and dance of two ethnic groups from the Philippines.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

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Full title: Music & Dance of the Bagobo and Manobo Peoples, Mindanao

"[The] gong ensemble consists of a large gong, used for keeping rhythm, while a number of smaller gongs, fixed in a network of ropes hanging from trees or posts, are played melodically. The player alternately dances & plays the hanging gongs. This film also includes a performance by Manobo women, in elaborate, colorful costumes, dancing and playing intricate rhythmic patterns on a log." [from UW Press catalog]


1) Bagobo dance with Ahung ensemble (2 women play gongs; 3 women dance; man takes over from 1 gong player)

2) Tangongo - Manobo dance with gong ensemble (1 man & 1 boy - gongs)

3) Udul - Manobo dance with kinabanan (log drum) (1 woman plays log instrument; 2 women dance)

ISBN 0-295-71918-4

Series info: Washington Films, Ethnic Music & Dance Series, Robert Garfias, Ed., UW Press - Seattle and London.

Documentation: Old UW Press catalogs.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Bagobo (Philippine people)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Folk music--Philippines
  • Gong
  • Gong music
  • Manobo (Philippine people)
  • Music--Philippines
  • Video recordings in ethnomusicology

Geographical Names

  • Oceania
  • Philippines--Asia--Southeast Asia
  • Southeast Asia--Asia--Southeast Asia

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings
  • Video recordings