ISKUTER (IFUGAO HOMEMADE WOODEN SCOOTER)


Provenance: Ifugao A contemporary artifact in Ifugao, this wooden home made Iskuter (scooter), inspired by the modern scooter, is a regular feature during their community festivals particularly in Banaue where young Ifugao bikers join in the descending Iskuter race from the upper elevation of Banaue down to the center of town. Such a race draws the applause of appreciative crowd who lined the highway to cheer for their favorite Iskuter racers. The wooden homemade four-wheeled cart that was also popularized in Ifugao is the Taltalak (car-like) that has also been used in races recently. It was said that handyman heads of families, at home along the road to Banaue’s View Point, have for the recent decade crafted scooters made from salvaged hard lumber and rubber tires as fitting gifts to their growing boys. The boys would enjoy the nearly effortless downhill scoot for a couple of kilometers to the town’s market area, and does not much begrudge the uphill trudge back home. This scooter is the design-and-craftsmanship-winner of all during its time . . . but the scooter boy has finally outgrown his vehicle and parted with it for this museum.