The latest commercial for Taiwan Design Expo in Taitung County, astonishingly beautiful! And since Taitung is the county with the highest density of indigenous population in Taiwan, there are many indigenous elements in the 30-sec clip. Could you tell what they are?
Two indigenous peoples from Kaohsiung, Kanakanavu and Hla’arua, which had long been regarded as two subgroups of Cou, were officially recognised by the government and will be announced by the Executive Yuan soon……
#1 Night Ceremony Done, Siraya People: Never Give Up Striving for Official Recognition!
The Siraya people from Beitouyang, Tainan, just finished their annual Night Ceremony for their highest ancestral spirit, Alid, last Sun (Apr 27). However, the indigenous people have been regarded as sinicised already by Taiwan’s government and are not recognized as one of the Taiwanese indigenous peoples officially. The people said they will keep fighting for official recognition.
The Sea Ceremony of the Amis people of Torik in Eastern Taiwan just finished last weekend. In the Amis language, the ceremony is called Pafafoy. As fafoy means “pig”, I wouldn’t have been happy at all for my presence in the name of the ceremony — Because Pafafoy actually means “to sacrifice a pig” (lol)
During the 2008 Presidential Election, a presidential candidate once said, “What am I treating you as? I’m treating you as human beings. So I can educate you all.” The saying immediately brought the relocation of Taipei County’s Xizhou community under the national spotlight. It was then that I realized people of Xizhou were mostly Pangcah (how Northern Amis people call themselves) from Hualien.
“ As peculiar as it could be, the faces of the people here looked much healthier and more solid than the urbanites. It seemed that they were less susceptible to setbacks…… I also learned one thing here:
No matter how difficult life is, the only thing that could defeat us is not the external forces but ourselves.”