About the Project

This virtual exhibition of the Linden-Museum’s Philippine Cordilleran collections is the result of a three month residency of Prof. Dr. Leah Enkiwe Abayao at the Linden-Museum. Herself a member of the Ifugao people and having grown up in a traditional Cordilleran village, she currently serves as a director of the Cordillera Studies Center at the University of the Philippines at Baguio.

Prof. Dr. Abayao developed the concept of this exhibition in dialogue with the Linden-Museum’s South and Southeast Asia Curator, Dr. Georg Noack. Together they have chosen to call most objects by their indigenous names and to place each object in a category named after a traditional cultural context rather than after analytical categories alien to Cordilleran traditions. All texts about landscapes, cultural contexts and all descriptions and interpretations of the objects are Prof. Dr. Abayao’s. Actively involved in the preservation, revitalisation and promotion of Cordilleran cultural heritage it mattered most to her, to make our collections virtually available as a resource to all those villages and communities, in which the objects have their roots. For the team at the Linden-Museum who facilitated Prof. Abayao’s work, researched collection histories, provided physical access to the objects, took photographs and translated old documents and correspondence, it was a very enlightening experience.

We learned very much about the objects that we are proud to be custodians of.
We reflected critically on how they got here and renewed our commitment not only to make our objects available to communities of origin and their diasporas, but also to share the authority to interpret them with members of such communities. Our many questions certainly also had an impact on the development of the exhibition.

We would like to see diverse voices, interpretations and discussions about these objects and warmly invite all Cordillerans to post or email their comments and views, which we will all consider for publication near the objects or at an appropriate location on the website. Prof. Abayao’s Residency and the implementation of this virtual exhibition became possible in the framework of the EU funded project “SWICH - Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage”.
  • Prof. Dr. Leah Enkiwe Abayao, director, Cordillera Studies Center, University of the Philippines, Baguio: concept, research on the objects, exhibition texts.
  • Prof. Dr. Inés de Castro, director, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: project supervisor.
  • Susanne Barth, commercial director, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: financial supervisor, administrative facilitation of Prof. Abayao’s residency.
  • Dr. Georg Noack, senior curator South and Southeast Asia, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: idea, coordination, research and texts on collection history, host and general assistance to Prof. Abayao, translation of Dr. Abayao’s texts into German.
  • Jasmin Günther, assistant curator South and Southeast Asia: Translation of archival materials and correspondence between the collectors and the Linden-Museum.
  • Klaus Klüter, storage manager, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: storage access, object handling, assistance to Prof. Abayao.
  • Andrea Steffen (organic materials), Ute Doberschütz (anorganic materials) and Gabriele Braun, (textiles), conservators, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: conservatorial supervision, handling of fragile objects.
  • Anatol Dreyer and Dominik Drasdow, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: Photographs and photo editing.
  • Andreas Gnädig, head of administration, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: administrative facilitation of Prof. Abayao’s residency.
  • Martin Otto-Hörbrand, head of public relations, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: public relations, event management, proofreading of all texts.
  • Iris Müller, documentation officer and IT administrator, Linden-Museum Stuttgart: IT support, access to all historical documents relating to the collections.
  • Marco Ferracuti, web design, Hstudio.