What Netflix Got Wrong About Indigenous Storytelling
Filipino anthropologists Andrea Malaya M. Ragragio and Myfel D. Paluga look back at the groundbreaking Netflix show Trese and what it missed about the stories of Indigenous peoples. They published the article 'What Netflix Got Wrong About Indigenous Storytelling' in the digital Anthropology magazine Sapiens.
- Andrea Malaya M. Ragragio and Myfel D. Paluga
- 01 December 2021
- Article What Netflix Got Wrong About Indigenous Storytelling
As Filipino anthropologists—and cartoon lovers—Andrea Malaya M. Ragragio and Myfel D. Paluga are curious about how traditional culture and folklore are popularized and represented in various media. Dugging further into it, they realized that the Talagbusao depicted in the Netflix show Trese barely resembled what Indigenous communities in Mindanao mean when they talk about this entity or its related forms, called busaw. In this article they state and explain that it may be that the intention of Trese’s creators is simply to tell an enjoyable detective story, with a Filipino folkloric flair but they take the opportunity to reflect on how popular media often appropriates Indigenous knowledge without fully understanding the traditions and places that gave birth to it.
Read the full article 'What Netflix Got Wrong About Indigenous Storytelling' on the Sapiens website.