The legend of the two brothers Mamalu and Tabunaway, albeit only a legend, continues to be passed on in contemporary times among Cotabato’s indigenous peoples, at times under many variations, but always with the emphasis that its ethnic diversity came from a single wellspring.
This section on prehistoric and proto-historic Cotabato demonstrates Cotabato’s openness to cultural diversity as in fact began by Sultan Mohammad Dipatuan Kudarat who opened Dutch and British trading houses in Cotabato, and trading with Spain.
Cotabato as the point of greatest ethnolinguistic diversity in Mindanao is manifested in the material culture of its two Moro and indigenous peoples, the latter comprised of a dozen language groups.
A highlight of the exhibition is a testimonial collection of the benevolent tradition of gift-giving that dates back more than centuries.
The persistence of basketry weaving in the Tagabawa Bagobo reaches the markets of Pikit where Moro traders use the baskets for their produce, an attestation of shared material culture.
It is the museum’s ardent desire to foster the construction of dynamic representations of the Cotabato peoples, to help tear down fixed typecasts that often have stoked the roots of conflict.
In a war evacuation site, Muslim Moro and Christian settlers build fire together to cook their own meals, always using the standard of the three stones with which to rest their large cooking vat on — to remind them of the tri-peoples of Cotabato.
Its name coined from the Menuvu designating “gathering,” the Kalivungan showcases the province’s diverse ethnicities, political historicity, agro-industrial economy, and natural heritage.
Will you help collaborate to build peace in Cotabato? The question is designed to make any viewer not just a gazer but a participant to the destiny of Cotabato province.