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This upcoming zine wants to support Indigenous communities by sharing their folktales

This upcoming zine wants to support Indigenous communities by sharing their folktales

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One of the important ways to help preserve and pass on cultural knowledge is through storytelling. This idea inspired design agency Serious Studio to come up with “Gunitaan,” a risograph zine that compiles Filipino folktales.

Created in collaboration with Bad Student, “Gunitaan” is a risograph zine that compiles Indigenous Filipino folktales. Photo courtesy of Serious Studio

“Gunitaan” features nine folktales from Tinguian, Bukidnon, B’laan, Mandaya and Ifugao tribes—all adapted from Mabel Cook Cole’s 1916 compilation “Philippine Folk Tales.” Each story will have illustrations inspired by the cultures that produced them. 

The zine was published in collaboration with independent art press Bad Student, and will be launched at the virtual Tokyo Art Book Fair that runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 23. Print copies are priced at P750, and can be pre-ordered through Serious Studio’s website until Nov. 30.

The stories are all adapted from Mabel Cook Cole’s “Philippine Folk Tales,” accompanied by illustrations inspired by the cultures that produced them. Photo courtesy of Serious Studio

For people who prefer a digital copy of the zine, Serious Studio can email a PDF compilation of all nine stories in exchange for donations of any amount. 

Proceeds from this zine will go towards People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action (PAGASA), an organization that supports the T’boli dreamweavers, and the Aeta and Lumad communities.

 

Header photos courtesy of Serious Studio

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