Verbal Arts in Philippine Indigenous Communities

Verbal Arts in Philippine Indigenous Communities: Poetics, Society, and History

Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Author: Herminia Meñez Coben
Book dimensions: 6 x 9 in
Year: 2009


About the book

This book documents the ephemeral poetic and verbal traditions of ten Philippine indigenous communities, placing them in context and highlighting the key role of verbal artists therein.

Design notes

A purely typographic approach was selected to capture the intangibility of verbal communication. At first glance, the cover is plain blue, but upon closer inspection,  the cover text is surrounded by various snippets of indigenous chants and poetry, executed in spot lamination. It creates not just an understated visual effect, but a subtle tactile (i.e., sensory) experience as well.

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