HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 55 no. 1 (2009)

The Map, the Poem, the Church and William Henry Scott, Post-colonially Speaking

Anna Christie K. Villarba-torres

Discipline: History



Any serious discourse on pre-hispanic and Cordillera history and culture would undoubtedly include the contributions of William Henry Scott (1921-1993). His incisive researches on these subjects have yielded a clearer picture of an otherwise obscure phase in Philippine history and a more objective rendering of a much maligned and misrepresented group of Filipinos in the Cordillera.


I choose to focus on another aspect of Scott's multi-faceted persona. A postcolonial reading of certain texts: the map, the poem, and the Episcopalian Church—lesser known yet important concerns of Scott—which offer alternative sources and insights into Cordillera history and culture.