Cherubim Quizon is associate Professor of Anthropology at Seton Hall University. She studies the knowledge systems and social formations embedded in the textiles and dress of the Bagobo in the highlands of Mindanao using ethnography that critically engages with US colonial-era museum collections. She co-edited an influential centenary volume “World’s Fair 1904” (Philippine Studies, Ateneo de Manila Press, 2004) reframing the living display of Filipinos at St. Louis. She recast phenomenological perspectives of indigenous interlocutors in works that include contributions to the Fowler Museum’s Weavers’ Stories project (2010) and more recently in “The Weaver’s House: Ethnography, Translation, and Video in the Highlands of Mindanao” in Visual Anthropology Review (2019). She explored the ironies that arise when indigenous semantic categories of cloth and dress collide with that of the state, non-government organizations, tourists, anthropologists, and other outsiders in “Dressing the Lumad Body” (Humanities Diliman, 2012) and “The Color Purple” (in Cosmopolitanism and Tourism, edited by Robert Shepherd, Lexington Press, 2017), among others. She is collaborating on a praxis-based assessment of a landmark law governing indigenous peoples in the Philippines ( Her current project marks a materialist turn: the cultural history of cloth made with banana fiber (Musa sp.), the signature thread used by Bagobo, other Mindanao groups as well as in weavers in the Ryukyus, Japan. Engaging in a “hyperlocal” inquiry into these breathtaking ikat-patterned textiles, she asks what may be learned through a “material culture of proof” that looks beyond a single tradition or community. Entitled “Going bananas: mixed methods research on Musa sp. and other unspun fibers in Mindanao and Okinawan textiles,” she examines similarities and distinctions between these textile traditions that combine ikat or resist-dye work on unspun banana fiber, a rare confluence of techniques. She will draw on her prior work on the geographical distribution of this cloth, ethnobotanical studies of Mindanao dyeplants, and early twentieth-century museum collections in the US to evaluate the feasibility of mixed methods and nondestructive analysis as a means of generating new questions about heritage cloth.