Aboriginal Literature


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Aboriginal Literature

Curated by Sun Tachuan (also known as Paelabang danapan), Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University

The Background to Taiwan Aboriginal Literature

Taiwan’s indigenous peoples originally had no writing systems. Thus, oral transmission wa... (Read more)

Works and Authors
Pali’s Red Eyes
Pali’s Red Eyes Ahronglong Sakinu

The indigenous peoples of Taiwan did not develop written scripts but instead passed down their history, culture, and knowledge word of mouth. This kin... (Read more)

The Last Hunter
The Last Hunter Topas Tamapima

The short story “The Last Hunter” deals mainly with ethnic and cultural conflict, using the portrayal of a Bunun hunter’s daily encounters to reveal t... (Read more)

The Wanderer Shen-fish
The Wanderer Shen-fish Syaman Rapongan

“The Wanderer Shen-fish,” part of a twelve-essay collection by Tao writer Syaman Rapongan, chronicles the writer’s return to his native Orchid Island ... (Read more)

A Pilgrimage to The Mountains
A Pilgrimage to The Mountains Itih a taoS

In the short story “A Pilgrimage to The Mountains” cultural beliefs and values of the Saisiyat – one of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples – emerge in the co... (Read more)

Pualeay: Song of Praise
Pualeay: Song of Praise Auvini Kadresengan

“Pauleay” is a celebratory song of the indigenous Rukai tribe sung for women of the Rukai upper class at weddings. It was recorded and translated by w... (Read more)

An Atayal Woman and Her Loom
An Atayal Woman and Her Loom Liglav A-wu

The theme of “An Atayal Woman and Her Loom(also translated as ”A T'ai-ya Woman and Her Loom”)” is the loss of culture. In her old age Yaki sits in ... (Read more)

When the Bells Start to Ring
When the Bells Start to Ring Malaosz Monaneng

The influence of external political, religious and cultural forces on Taiwan’s indigenous peoples resulted in the gradual loss of their lands, languag... (Read more)

The History of Mother / The Mother of History
The History of Mother / The Mother of History Sun Ta-chuan(Paelabang danapan)

“The History of Mother / The Mother of History” starts by tracing the author’s recollection of his mother and the history of the Puyuma people and end... (Read more)

Mother’s Millet Field
Mother’s Millet Field Badai

“Mother’s Millet Field” is an early work of prose by noted author Badai, a Puyuma writer. Written in a sincere and simple style, the story addresses t... (Read more)

Atayal
Atayal Walis Norgan

“Atayal” was originally published in The China Times in September 1992 and later appeared in a collection of Walis Norgan’s poetry. “Atayal” has two m... (Read more)

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Collected Works of Literature on Taiwan Aborigines(Print)
Collected Works of Literature on Taiwan Aborigines(Print)

Wang Pinhan, Ph.D. student, Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University As witnesses to the early history of Taiwan, indigenous people... (Read more)

Seediq Song: Dana Sakura(Stage play)
Seediq Song: Dana Sakura(Stage play)

Weng Chi-an, Ph.D, Graduate Institute of History, National Taiwan University Following the box office success of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale... (Read more)

Pu'ing: Tracing the Atayal (Stage play)
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Hsiao Wenhua, MFA, Graduate Institute of Theatre Arts and Playwriting, Taipei National University of the Arts Pu'ing: Tracing the Atayal Route is a l... (Read more)

Kanakanavu Awaits(Documentary film)
Kanakanavu Awaits(Documentary film)

Lin Yuxin, MA , Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Tsing Hua University In the past, the Kanakanavu were classed as belonging to the Tsou peopl... (Read more)

The Sage Hunter (Film)
The Sage Hunter (Film)

Weng Chi-an, Ph.D, Graduate Institute of History, National Taiwan University The film The Sage Hunter was adapted from Paiwan writer Ahronglong Sakin... (Read more)

Annual Festival Song (Song)
Annual Festival Song (Song)

Lin Fengyi, MA student, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University After the 1970s, as the Taiwanese economy soared, a ... (Read more)

Sakuliu 2: The Conditions of Love (Documentary film)
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Everlasting Moments (Documentary film)
Everlasting Moments (Documentary film)

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I am Bunun: An interview with Tian Yage (Interview)
I am Bunun: An interview with Tian Yage (Interview)

Gan Zhaowen, MA , Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan UniversityThis twenty-minute video interview with Topas Tamapima (Chinese n... (Read more)

Alis’s Dream (Documentary film)
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