Bindiyan Dance also called, as Bendian, is one of the highlight of the Bindiyan Festival and Ecotourism celebration of the Municipality of Kabayan Benguet.
Bendiyan is a circle dance, performed for some reasons. this is also a thanksgiving for bountiful harvest. This is also a celebration for success defense of tribe from outside invaders.
Bindiyan also means “dance till you tire” or “lets see who tires easily” and “who endures the longest” is one of the most Ibaloi rituals in form of an endurance dance where it was considered as the most expensive of all Ibaloi rituals.
The dance is interpreted with a various steps and hand movements. After a few round, folks in different level of age and social status in the community, as well as visitors and guest joined the dance.
Nowadays,, the Kabayan community institutionalized the ritual into a Bindiyan Cañao or festival. It is done not necessary for the same purpose mentioned above, but also for tourism, entertainment, cultural identity and as a link from fast to present.
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