The Tagbanuas were the first indigenous group in the world to reclaim their ancestral land, air, and water. Their relationship to their territory is rooted in spirituality, reverence, and respect. They often fish or farm only what they need for the day. During the dry season, they hike for miles to get clean water, rather than drink from their holy lakes. As a National Geographic Explorer team, we lived with the Tagbanuas to document their daily lives, and celebrate their culture. In our conversations with the communities, we learned that they wanted the work to be about the people. Their land is sacred, but often the focus of media attention as a tourist attraction.
Palawan, Philippines, 2019