The Museum-Center is the main expression of Saint Louis University’s engagement with the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) as a mission priority of the CICM. It has two goals: (1) to preserve and showcase the traditional cultural artifacts and performing arts of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera region (collectively known as Igorots); and (2) to promote appreciation and understanding of their indigenous cultures and arts.
Programs and Services
- development and management of museum collections,
- conservation and maintenance of museum collections,
- preservation, development, and celebration of Cordillera performing arts,
- research and documentation of indigenous cultures and histories, and
- IP student welfare development
- museum tours,
- consultations with museum staff, and
- cultural performances and demonstrations
Affirmative actions for IP students
Training workshops for traditional Cordillera performing arts for IP students
As part of the program for the preservation, development, and celebration of Cordillera performing arts, the Museum-Center runs a training program on traditional Cordillera performing arts for students from the various ethnic groups of the Cordillera region for them to appreciate, develop, and practice their traditional performing arts. The students who take part in the training workshops are recognized and inducted as members of the Cordillera Cultural Performing Group (CCPG), the living tradition component of the Museum-Center that sustains and showcases the traditional performing arts of the Cordillera ethnic groups.
For this purpose, the Museum-Center provides a training facility, complete with traditional musical instruments, paraphernalia and attires for rehearsals. A training program is collaboratively implemented with the alumni of the CCPG, who serve as experts and bearers of Cordillera traditional performing arts, together with other recognized experts in this area.
IP Students Center
The IP Students Center is located within the Museum where university students coming from the various minority ethnic groups or indigenous peoples of the Cordillera region can come to socialize with each other and/or share/discuss about their common issues and concerns as well as those of the wider indigenous peoples in the region and beyond. This also contains a mini-library containing materials on Cordillera societies, cultures, histories, and languages for consultation and learning by the IP students and other interested parties.
Guidelines for visitors to the museum
Opening and closing times for museum guests
- The museum will open at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm, respectively.
- Closing time in the morning will be at 12nn while in the afternoon, 5:00 pm. In view of these, guests who will arrive at 11:30 a.m. onwards in the morning and 4:30 pm onwards in the afternoon will no longer be entertained and shall be advised to come in time for the next opening schedule.
Guidelines for consultations with museum staff
- Clients need to fill out and submit a consultation/interview request form to the museum (FM-MIC-002). There is no need for letters of request.
- The accomplished request form must be received at the museum at least seven days before the proposed date of consultation/interview. A request that does not meet this time allowance will be turned down or instructed to re-set target date.
- The request must have the complete information needed to enable the museum staff to make a decision. These include details of the requesting party, the topic of interest/ consultation, and the proposed date and time (see FM-MIC-002). A request with incomplete information will be returned for completion before being considered.
- The criteria for accepting requests for consultation/interview are as follows: (a) availability of museum staff on the proposed date and time of consultation/ interview, and (b) knowledge and/or expertise of the museum staff on the points of inquiry/consultation. If these criteria are not met, the request will be turned down or the requesting party can be asked to re-schedule or adjust the topics so they can be accommodated.
- As there are other responsibilities in the museum, only one interview/consultation can be scheduled in a given museum day.
- Consultation fees will be required from external clients (non-SLU students and staff).
Walk-in and group/scheduled guests
- Walk-in guests can be accommodated anytime at the museum without any prior reservation. However, the guests should be less than 10 to be considered as walk-ins.
- Guests that count 10 and beyond will not be accommodated as walk-ins. They should have prior reservation before being allowed to visit (see 5.1 below).
- An exception may be granted for a group numbering 10-15 (who may be admitted as walk-ins) but only on condition that there are no other group visitors or scheduled guests at the museum during the time of visit.
- Group guests shall be limited to a maximum of 50 heads. Groups that go beyond this number shall be divided into two and be assigned separate schedules.
Guided and independent tours
- There are two types of museum tours – guided and independent. Walk-in guests are expected to tour the museum independently and will not expect a formal guided tour or a lecture/demonstration on any topic of interest. However, they can ask questions from the museum staff if the latter is available.
- A guest or guests (regardless of number, i.e., from 1-50) who wish to be given a formal guided tour or a lecture or demonstration on any specific topic/object in the museum should make prior arrangements first (see 5.1 below) to ensure that the specific need can be met by the museum staff. These requests will be categorized as scheduled visits.
Rules for museum guests (WI-MIC 001)
- Bags, food and drinks are to be deposited at the reception counter.
- Artifacts are to be viewed only and not touched nor examined physically. Artifacts that may be touched will be made known to the guests by the museum staff. If a guest wants to physically examine an artifact, s/he should ask permission first if this is possible.
- Guests shall not make unnecessary noise and shall move about the museum with extra care to avoid damage to the cabinets and displays.
Processing of requests for group/scheduled visit
- For scheduled visits, a request form (FM-MIC-001) shall be filled up and turned in at least fourteen days before the proposed visit. Up until the request is accepted, the guest/s shall not be entertained in the museum.
- For scheduled visits, the list of visitors should be attached to the request form. If this is not yet available at the time of request, the list should be submitted during the actual visit.
- The museum staff decides on the request within two days based on the criteria below. Decision is communicated to the requesting party three days after receipt of the request.
Number of scheduled visits allowed at the museum
- A maximum of two scheduled visits will be allowed in a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This is to ensure that the guests will be given full attention by the limited museum staff.
- This limit is also meant to avoid overcrowding at the museum, as walk-in guests are allowed entry into the museum anytime within museum hours.
- Guests, both walk-ins and scheduled, will be expected to leave the museum at the specified closing times in the morning and in the afternoon. This is regardless of the time when the guests have entered the museum.
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