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Tag: atayal

Trip to Marqwang and Smangus

I spent last week visiting Marqwang and Smangus, two communities in the houshan (後山) area of Jianshi Township (尖石鄉) in Hsinchu County. The visit was to conduct field work for a research project about the management of the Shimen Reservoir Catchment following the implementation of the Shimen Reservoir and Catchment Area Remediation Special Act (石門水庫及其集水區整治特別條例) [...]

Ethnoecology workshop at Smangus

On Sunday and Monday I attended a conference in Smangus. The conference, organized by National Chiao Tung University (國立交通大學), brought together a small group of anthropologists to discuss the topic of “Rethinking environment, localisation and indigenisation.” While it poured rain on the Sunday afternoon the cafe at provided a great refuge for the presenters gave [...]

Books and films a window into Atayal culture

I saw the short film Msgamil: Once Upon a Time (泰雅千年) while visiting Smangus in August last year. I then saw Through Thousands Years* (走過千年) at the Ethnographic Film Festival. Msgamil is a short film produced by Chen Wen-bin (陳文彬) about the historical migration of the Atayal. Through Thousands Years, by the Atayal director Pilin [...]

Ethnographic films from Taiwan

The 2009 Taiwan Ethnographic Film Festival (台灣國際民族誌影展) took place from 2-6 October. I attended several sessions and saw an interesting selection of ethnographic films from Taiwan. The first film I saw was Sing It! (唱歌吧!) directed by Shine Yang (楊智麟). It tells the story of how the principal of Dongpu Elementary School in Chiayi County [...]

Smangus and the Atayal spirit

I visited Smangus this week to continue the research for my thesis. There were some significant changes in the village since my visit last year. The major one was the new classroom building near the main entrance to the village. Construction began in July last year and was completed in April. There are currently 12 [...]

A day in Qingquan village

Before attending the Pasta’ay in Wufeng I spent the day in Qingquan village (清泉). I met Sandy early in the morning in Zhudong and she drove me up to Qingquan. Sandy is my classmate at NCCU and she is a teacher at the Taoshan Primary School (桃山國小) in Qingquan. Qingquan is an Atayal village located [...]

Links 28 April 2008

Hanjie on where to see fireflies (and how to photograph them).  Taiwanonymous eats at an Italian-Indian restaurant in Xinzhu. Dale reports on the Dong'ao school sports day. Great photos. Scott Sommers on aboriginal education. Caro's Choice on Earth Day and cycling. Kerim on the KMT's history in Burma. The Burning Forest on Ma wanting fewer [...]