The Pala’wan indigenous cultural community lives in the southern part of Palawan province, the Philippines’ last frontier. They take pride in having their own language and being the original inhabitants of the island that bears their name. They prefer to live in remote upland areas close to the forest where they can have easy access to the resources they need and life is peaceful.
The Tingkep is a special basket that serves both practical and spiritual purposes in the Pala’wan community life. It is used in hunting, as a storage container for salt, rice, and personal belongings, and as an item for bartering. The tingkep is also used to house the spirit of “Linamin et Kundu” during a healing ritual called Kundu.’