In my previous blog post, I said I would share the story of how I came to the alias, TribeFoot. I understand this name ‘TribeFoot’ might insinuate a lot. Well, in short, it is actually a nickname given to me by a friend. He and I have a mutual affinity for kicking off our shoes and wandering barefoot in natural environments – on a hike in the woods, near the ocean, playing ball in the grass in a field. But here’s the story:
I told him about my grandmother on my mom’s side living in/under wild mango trees on Palawan during WWII. You can read a more in-depth story in another post I titled ‘A Tale of Two Trees‘. As relates to my writing alias, I’ll keep the story here short. My grandma was only allowed to wander away from the canopy at certain hours to hunt or fish to make food; otherwise, she stayed near the tree. I remember when I was a kid and she would tell me these stories as if they were fun adventures–I thought it would be so cool to live the way she did, only to learn later that it was not by choice but by extremely unfortunate circumstance.
Anyway, I was joking with him about my grandma running around and scaling trees barefoot and that someday, I will be able to achieve feats like that. I guess the idea of going back to my cultural roots reminded him of a tight-knit community – a tribe. We applaud the native and indigenous knowledge of working with the land for sustainable life styles, and having an overall deeper connection to your surroundings. My bud noted my enthusiasm, and thus gave me: TribeFoot. The cultural roots and the grounded nature I’ve always felt is well summarized by this name, and I hope with this back-story you can come to appreciate and respect it as well.