Photographs depicting Tasaday people, shelters, and tools. Many of the photographs were provided by PANAMIN (the Private Association for National Minorities or the Presidential Arm for National Minorities) and were made by either Manuel Elizalde, Jr. or Dr. Robert B. Fox, both PANAMIN employees.
The Center for Short-Lived Phenomena (CSLP) was created in January 1968 to assist Smithsonian scientists by providing an information service on phenomena such as meteoritics, vulcanism, earthquakes, and sudden ecological events or changes. One of the events on which they reported was the discovery of the "Tasaday Manube" tribe in July 1971. According to Dr. Robert B. Fox (Chief Anthropologist for the National Museum of the Philippines and Director of Panamin research), PANAMIN President Manuel Elizalde, Jr. made the first Western contact with the Tasaday people, who were an isolated "stone age" level tribe with no agriculture or contact with other Philippine people. In the 1980s, the discovery was accused of being a hoax, leading to an ongoing controversy.
Local Call Number(s):
NAA Photo Lot 86-49
Location of Other Archival Materials:
Copies of Center for Short-lived Phenomena articles, including one on the "Tasaday Manubo Discovery," were donated with this collection. They can be found in the National Anthropological Archives Reference Files.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives holds the Center for Short-lived Phenomena's event cards (SIA Acc. T89040, SIA Acc. 11-301, SIA RS01444), publications (SIA RS01443, SIA Acc. 09-129, SIA Acc. T89038), and records (SIA RU000607, SIA Acc. T89037).
The collection is open for research.
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Photo Lot 86-49, Center for Short-lived Phenomena photograph collection relating to Tasaday people, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution