THE T’BOLI LIVE IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES, PARTICULARLY IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF KIAMBA, SURALLAH, POLOMOLOK, AND T’BOLI IN SOCKSARGEN REGION.
They are upland dwellers who farm rice, corn, cassava and yams for their sustenance. The T'boli are also hunters of wild animals, such as the boar, which give them precious meat. Most T'boli communities struggle to find three meals a day, their access to arable threatened by lowland farmers and conversion to other land uses. The T'boli are known for their colorful dress and accessories.
The women wear decorative combs, brass earrings, bead necklaces, girdle, bracelets, anklets and rings. Both the men and women wear brass rings in sets of five on each finger. T'boli are best known for their weave called t'nalak, which is made of dyed abaca fibers. According to their belief, t'nalak weaving was handed down to their ancestors by the goddess Fu Dalu through a dream. Thus, the patterns are said to learned by the women through their dreams.
The T'boli have managed to resist Christian and Muslim influences by moving up to the mountains and preserving their own traditions and beliefs.
T'boli culture is closely related to nature, and many of their songs and dances mimic the sounds and actions of birds and monkeys. T'boli songs impart wisdom and are a means to communicate with their ancestors. T'boli believe all elements of nature have a spirit, and therefore must be respected.