Saabaw, at Rinari!
The shoes-off tribe, learn to breath and relax again
Malji malji, at Tavatavang!
Follow the ancient stone house and experience the culture and nature
Among leather carving, wood carving and glaze beads,
We greet each other, “Saabaw!” and sing together
In the moonlight, we listen to the legend of the clouded leopard’s disciples
At Rinari, Taiwan’s Provence, people learn to slow down
Shell ginger, butterfly, Formosa lambsquarter, bamboo wrestler and the old tree in front of the formerly Japanese police station
We follow the ancient path of Paiwan people and learn about the wonder of nature
At Tavatavang, the Green Utopia, we shall experience the true colors of Taiwan
The Paiwan and Rukai peoples have lived in Southern Taiwan for thousands of years
With the most ancient aristocratic system, century-old stone houses and exquisite craftsmanship
What’s so special about the tribes that we are going to visit this time?
The Rukai people at Rinari were originally from Kochapongane, which was destroyed by notorious Morakot typhoon on August 8, 2009, and the residents were thus forced to relocate.
Even though they lost their lands, refusing to be defeated, they have developed and turn their new homes into an unprecedented tribe of host families.
With this new industry, the tourists are able to find the warmth of home here.
Most important of all, the young people of the tribe now has a reason to come home and the elderly is no longer lonely being surrounded by so many “family members”.
The second stop is Tavatavang tribe of Paiwan people. The people of Tavatavang were the last to relocate among all the tribes in Santimen Township.
Because of that, the old village was found intact with Paiwan stone houses unlike most of the indigenous villages.
The Paiwan people has an old saying, “There must always be people inside a mamazangiljan (chief’s) house.”
Therefore, your visit, not only brings the people home to cultivate their traditional crops of millets and Formosa lambsquarters, but also allow legend to be told and the century-old stone village to be seen again.
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About the Guide
Lee, General Manager of Crazy Horse Travel Service, is an ethnic Taivoan from Fuli, Hualian, where a variety of indigenous groups have lived together for centuries. He had dreamd about getting a prop job from movie industry but eventually devotes himself to tourism since 1988. Since then, he got many chances to take tour to Europe and many ethnic communities in South-west mainland China, Myanmar, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, and many other Austronesian countries
After focusing more on Taiwan’s cultural tourism, mainly indigenous communities, since 20 years ago, he has been invited to give training lessons in couples of schools and institutions, including Taiwan’s tribal colleges. Lee was awarded as the Most Popular Tour Manager by Association of Tour Manager in 2002.
In the past 20 years in cultural tourism, Lee can always amuse the travellers with his personal charisma and humour, and have them learn more about the indigenous cultures in simple language. What he always feels concern about is, every time when he visits indigenous communities again, he finds more elders pass away and fears that the Taiwanese indigenous cultures elapse so quickly.
He said: “So travel could be cultural, could be beneficial to local people.” He wants to keep promoting the beauty of Taiwanese indigenous cultures and let the world see the beauty of authentic Taiwan.
About the Itinerary
May 3 (Sat)
|AM: Meet at Exit #2 of HSR Zuoying Station at 09:30 – Bus ride to Rinari – Reception by host families|
PM：Tour the new location of Kucapungane tribe, Tribal Industry Development Center, major workshops and churches – DIY activities – Mini theater – Host family
May 4 (Sun)
|AM：Tour Tavatavang tribe|
PM：Visit Paiwan and/or Rukai artists, The Union Green Leisure Product of Kavulungan Mountain and bookstore
Return to HSR Zuoying Station at 18:00
- Price：Double or family room NT$5,500／person (Special price NT$4,000／person) / Single room NT$6,400／person（Special price NT$4,900／person)
(All the revenues of this trip go to the indigenous communities.)
- Price includes transportation between HSR Zuoying Station and the tribes, accommodation, meals, tours, insurance coverage (NT$2 million of life insurance and NT$30,000 of medical insurance), tips, miscellaneous spending, etc.
- Cancellation Policy: 80% refund if cancelled 21~30 days before the trip, 70% refund if cancelled 2~20 days in advance, 50% refund if cancelled 1 day in advance, and no refund if no show or cancelled on the day of the trip
- Enrollment: Please download and fill up the enrolment form, and submit to [email protected].
- Other Notes:
- Enrolment ends on April 20, 2014. After submission of the enrollment form, please wait for confirmation from the Organiser ICEAFIP before making payment.
- Dress code: casual
- Host family only provides shower gel and shampoo. Therefore, please bring your personal sponge bag or toiletry/bathroom kit. Camera, water bottle, mosquito repellent, suntan lotion, hat/cap, flashlight and health insurance card are also recommended.
- Please beware of your own safety at all time.
- The Organizer maintains the rights to adjust and alter the itinerary when necessary.
- Every indigenous group or community has its own unique culture and attributes. On this trip, we are going to visit Tavatavang which belongs to the Paiwan people and Rinari of Rukai people, who are well known for their aristocratic system and exquisite craftsmanship. Enjoy the trip!
Organizer: International Culture Exchange Association for Formosan Indigenous Peoples (ICEAFIP)
Sponsor: Crazy Horse Travel Service, Mata Taiwan