Typhoon Morakot hit southern and southeastern Taiwan in August of 2009 killing hundreds and leaving many more homeless. Although nearly five years have passed since this natural disaster, there are still traces of it in areas of rockslide and new roads and bridges have been built to replace those that were wiped out. But, such disaster also reveals the resilience of the human spirit and the determination to rebuild. The community has been doing that creating farming, cultural and environmental education areas. Ms. Fang said that rebuilding efforts are still coming along, but tourists are already returning.
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?
Paterongan (or Xinshe/新社 in Chinese) is located along the picturesque coast of southern Hualien County. Its population is mostly Amis, but also includes the largest concentration of Kavalan (or Kbalan in Kavalan language) in Taiwan. The Kavalan once inhabited the plains of Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan but were forced to leave there some 250 years ago due to clashes with Qing dynasty troops and other indigenous peoples.
The Rukai people are mainly concentrated in the southern Taiwan county of Pingtung. However, long ago, some of the Rukai headed eastward, crossing the mountains to arrive in Taitung County……
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 first weekend in March, I visited Tefuye Village in Alishan Township to watch the Mayasvi (Warring Ceremony) of the Tsou people. The indigenous people is mainly distributed among eight communities in Alishan Township of Chiayi County. Although this was my fifth time to witness the ceremony, I have not yet seen it in its entirety, as it takes place over two days and nights.
The No. 11 is as busy as the feet of the pedestrians in Wall Street.
The No. 22 is as romantic as the roses held by the couples in Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
The No. 33 is as long as the time that we wait for the Leo meteor shower.
The No. 44 is as sensitive as Landon’s bluest age.
The No. 55 is as happy as the laughters during the Songkran Festival.
The No. 66 is as generous as the pavilions that we share in Cayamavana!
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
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
Follow us to the beautiful Rinari and Tavatavang!
Look at these indigenous priests playing on the swings!…… Wait, are these 70-year-old priests really “playing”?
Not really! They are doing the Seeding Ceremony!
The clash between Philippines ocean plate and the Eurasian plate over millions of years moved all this mass of rock upwards […] created what is considered one of the most spectacular canyons in the world, the Taroko Gorge……