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and the West did to us! #LostTribes
True #History Review: â€˜Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdomsâ€™
This show at Asia Society showcases the astoundingly skillful work of goldsmiths in the Philippines hundreds of years before the Spanish colonizers arrived.
Gold was always plentiful in the Philippines, readily collected by panning. Today the country is said to have the worldâ€™s second richest gold deposits. When the Spanish landed, they found natives sporting much gold jewelry and regalia. Illustrations in a book from around 1590 called â€œThe Boxer Codex,â€ on view in the exhibition, depict indigenous people wearing ostentatious gold adornments over flowing, colorful garments. But the Spanish colonizers wasted little time in decimating the native cultures and making off with their gold, which they melted down for their own purposes.