13 July, 1893


Henry Otley Beyer, an American anthropologist, ethnologist, professor emeritus of the University of the Philippines and dubbed as the “Father of Philippine Anthropology,” was born in Iowa, U.S.A.

Beyer spent most of his adult life in the Philippines, teaching Filipinos and other scholars about Philippine indigenous culture. He also spent first years as a teacher in the Cordillera Mountains in Luzon island, home of the Ifugao people. He would later marry a daughter of an Ifugao village chief.

He received a number of awards for his 60 years of scholarship in the Philippines. Beyer died on December 31, 1966 at the age of 73.

(Ref: the Mindanao Examiner)

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