Back in the Sierra Madres with our Agta Friends

Things often do not turn out the way you might expect them to. Such was the case during my recent trip back to the Sierra Madres. I returned to a part of Isabela and Cagayan provinces to visit some old Agta friends from last year. Upon returning this time I had a plan to go on a hunt with some of the men, a hunt for wild pig, deer or monkey. These are game items that the Agta still hunt for occasionally in the forest to eat or sell to locals. I was excited about this trip and thought with the contacts I had made everything would fall into place fairly easily. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Uncontrollable circumstances such as bad weather, broken transportation, and previous obligations of my contacts lead to a serious amount of time waiting. Watching the pouring down rain, sitting on the side of a dusty road in the middle of nowhere and waiting for conditions to become just right for a hunt. Conditions that never happened during my two week visit. READ FULL STORY AND SEE PHOTOS

Agta Community Looking at Their Photos

A year after our first visit to this Agta community in a remote part of the Sierra Madres, we returned with photos. The community was so excited to see their photos and it certainly was a highlight of this visit. It’s moments like this that make this project more fulfilling, seeing the different communities react positively to what we are doing. (Video taken with iPod).

Agta Community Looking at their photos from Jacob Maentz on Vimeo.