The Ibaloi or Nabaloi is an indigenous ethnic group found in the northern Philippines. The term Indigenous Peoples or autochthonous peoples can be used to describe any Ethnic group who inhabit a geographic region with which they have the earliest historical The Philippines ( Filipino: Pilipinas, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (fil ''Republika ng Pilipinas'' RP The Ibaloi are one of the indigenous peoples collectively known as Igorot, who live in the mountains of the Cordillera Central on the island of Luzon. The term Indigenous Peoples or autochthonous peoples can be used to describe any Ethnic group who inhabit a geographic region with which they have the earliest historical Igorot ( pronounced) name for the people of the Cordillera region in the Philippines island of Luzon. Luzon is the largest and most economically and politically important Island in the Philippines and one of the three island groups in the country with Visayas There are approximately 55,000 Ibaloi; most of them can be found in the southern part of the province of Benguet. Benguet is a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon.
The Ibaloi language belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian branch of the Austronesian languages family. The Malayo-Polynesian languages are a subgroup of the Austronesian languages, with approximately 351 million speakers The Ibaloi language is closely related to the Pangasinan language, spoken primarily in the province of Pangasinan, located southwest of Benguet. The Pangasinan language (Pangasinan salitan Pangasinan; Spanish: idioma pangasinense, sometimes called Panggalatok belongs to the Malayo-Polynesian Pangasinan is one of the provinces of the Republic of the Philippines.
The Ibaloi are a mostly agricultural people cultivating rice in terraced fields. Rice is a Cereal foodstuff which forms an important part of the diet of many people worldwide and as such it is a staple food for many In Agriculture, a terrace is a leveled section of a Hilly cultivated area designed as a method of Soil conservation to slow or prevent the rapid Many contemporary Ibaloi have integrated into the mainstream Filipino culture and some are employed as miners in the gold and silver mines of Benguet. Mining is the extraction of valuable Minerals or other geological materials from the earth usually (but not always from an Ore body
The Ibaloi traditionally practiced mummification. A mummy is a Corpse whose Skin and Flesh have been preserved by either intentional or Incidental exposure to Chemicals extreme The process they used involved smoking the corpse for months to completely dehydrate the dead body, which preserved every part of the body including tattoos and internal organs. They would then encase the preserved body within a hollowed out log and placed in caves that are thought to be spiritual by the Ibaloi.