The Flowering of Indigenous Art and Culture
2020 / November
In this month’s cover story, we explore traditions and innovations in indigenous music, drama, crafts, and architecture, as well as the transmission of life wisdom, offering insights into Taiwan's vibrant and fascinating indigenous cultures.
A Mother’s Woven Path
In recent years, mothers in Taiwan have enthused about Su Mei’s Giving Birth to a Child: The Magical Cure for My Over-Sentimental Personality. The author describes trenchantly how motherhood transformed her from a tender-hearted young culture vulture into a woman whose daily life requires her......
Dancing All the Way Home
The Bulareyaung Dance Company
The following words appeared on the Facebook page of the Bulareyaung Dance Company, in the Paiwan language: “Returning home is a continuation of a complete life, so Bulareyaung is opening the door.” This marked the opening of a rehearsal space following choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava’s ......
Elug Art Corner
Creating a Future for Indigenous Culture
Founded by artist Dondon Hounwn, Elug Art Corner seeks to reinforce the cultural heritage of Hualien’s Dowmung Community by collecting traditional ballads and myths. It also strives to carve out a future for the community by inviting visiting artists to engage with traditional tribal craftsm......
A House of Light on Taiwan’s East Coast
For fiber artist Chen Shu-yen, weaving is ubiquitous. Using local materials and traditional techniques, she and her husband Tuwak Tuyaw, a bamboo and rattan artist of the Kavalan people, have created lamps by inserting light sources into traditional sanku fish traps. The lamps beautifully proj......