Aug 6, 2021 @ 17:39

Nas Daily may have violated this law by trying to use Whang-Od’s skills for social media profit

An anthropology expert revealed why Nas Daily, a.k.a. Nuseir Yassin’s plan to feature and monetize the tattooing skills of Apo Whang-Od could go against local laws even if she allegedly agreed to his business idea.

In a Facebook post, Dr. Nestor Castro cited Republic Act No. 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act which may put Nas’ platform in conflict with local regulations.

“Free and prior informed consent is required when the knowledge of indigenous peoples is used for commercial purposes. This consent is secured from the members of the ancestral domain, in this case the members of the Butbut Tribe and not from just one individual or her family. This is especially true of the Whang-od Academy will reveal to outsiders about the indigenous community’s rituals,” the University of the Philippines professor said.

“The agreement between the parties should also be written in English and the local Kinalingga language and witnessed by the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples,” he added.

However, all hope may not be lost for the content creator, who lost thousands of viewers and subscribers due to the incident.

“I believe that the problem can still be corrected if Nas Daily respects Kalinga culture and follows the law,” Casto said.

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