The focus of Damon L. Woods’ research deals with documents written by Filipinos in their own languages. At present, his work has examined Tagalog documents (written by Tagalogs), as there are more of them than any other language in the Philippines, from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. While such materials may not provide us with history in the traditional sense, they are a rich resource for insights into the local inhabitants of early Spanish Philippines. They answer questions like: What categories did they use to describe themselves and others? How did their measuring and counting of things differ from those of modern times? How did their language and culture change over time? These are questions that he had sought answer to using documents written, not by outsiders, but by the local inhabitants themselves. And the answers to these questions give us insight regarding the Tagalogs of early Spanish Philippines.
List of Works
The Philippines: From Earliest Times to the Present. Key Issues in Asian Studies. Association for Asian Studies, Inc., forthcoming
The Myth of the Barangay and Other Silenced Histories.
University of the Philippines Press, forthcoming
“Out of the Silence, the Men of Naujan Speak: Tagalog Texts from the Seventeenth Century.” Philippine Studies Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. Vol 63, no. 3, 2015.
“Writing Early Philippine History: The Growing Gulf” in Nationalism and Imperialism in South and Southeast Asia: Essays in Honour of Damodar R. SarDesai, Roger Long and Arnold Kaminski editors (2014)
“Baybayin Revisited” Philippiniana Sacra. Vol. XLVII, No. 139, 2012
“Counting and Marking Time: From the Precolonial to the Contemporary Tagalog World.”Philippine Studies Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. Vol 59, No 3, 2011.
From Wilderness to Nation: Interrogating Bayan. Editor
(University of the Philippines Press, 2011)
“The Evolution of Bayan”in From Wilderness to Nation: Interrogating Bayan(University of the Philippines Press, 2011)
Tomas Pinpin and Tagalog Survival in Early Spanish Philippines.(University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2011)
Librong pagaaralan nang manga Tagalog nang uicang Castila. Editor. (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2011)