noun · General
The term Igorot is an old Tagalog word meaning "people from the mountains" and is a general term used to include all of the ethnic tribes from the Cordilleras. The Spanish adopted this term, but it was generally used in a negative manner referring to savages and backward people of the mountains.
Dr. Trinidad Pardo de Tavera, a Tagalog Scholar, stated that it was composed of the root word "golot", meaning "mountain chain", and the prefix "i", meaning "people of" or "dwellers in".
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