This DVD contains a collection of short documentaries highlighting the culture of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples. Film narration is available in a choice of Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or English. Topics include traditional weaving and clothing, woodcarving, pottery and songs and dances. In addition, past lifestyles are contrasted with the current social situations of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples.
In the nearly three hours of film, learn how Taiwan’s indigenous peoples really live, and their struggle to hold onto traditions in the face of modern pressures. These peoples are filmed in their villages, in some of the most beautiful and thickly forested areas of Taiwan. The information and images that comprise this DVD are invaluable, as Taiwan’s indigenous culture is rapidly disappearing.
The Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines is located in Taipei City, across from the world famous National Palace Museum. It opened in 1994, as the only private museum completely devoted to the display and preservation of Taiwan’s indigenous artifacts and traditional objects, as well as to the education and dissemination of information regarding Taiwan’s indigenous culture.
The permanent exhibition areas of the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines include units on traditional music and musical instruments, arts, clothing, dwellings, ceremonies and weaponry. In addition, its special exhibition gallery features displays related to a diversity of topics, such as indigenous issues and protests, contemporary indigenous arts, tribal history and the official tribal recognition process.