HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 54 no. 1 (2008)

History, Space and Ethnicity: Re-visiting Felix M. Keesing's The Ethnohistory of Northern Luzon

Maria Nela B. Florendo

Discipline: History, Social Studies



Felix M. Keesing's The Ethnohistory of Northern Luzon, which developed from a fieldwork conducted in 1934 by Keesing and his wife, boldly identifies nine "area studies" or zones in Northern Luzon. Keesing explains that these areas "have been established through consideration of geographic, ethnic and historical factors." Sifting through Spanish and American sources, Keesing wrote an ethnohistory that mapped the geo-body of a region.