Mon, Apr 01, 2013 - Page 12 News List

In plain sight

Seeing Pingpu, an exhibition on view at Greater Tainan’s National Museum of Taiwan History, showcases the history, art and culture of Taiwan’s Pingpu peoples

By Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

One drawback of the exhibition is its limited space. Consequently, the museum focuses on the larger, more populous groups while the smaller ones and their cultural heritage receive less attention.

Prior to the arrival of Han Chinese settlers (and European explorers) starting in the 16th century, the Pingpu groups were the main Aboriginal peoples inhabiting the plains, lowlands and coastal areas on the western half of Taiwan proper.

Taiwan’s 10 Pingpu groups include: Ketagalan, Taokas, Pazeh, Kahabu, Papora, Babuza, Hoanya, Siraya, Makatao and Tavorlong. Of these, the languages of Pazeh and Kahabu are still alive and spoken by village elders. The Siraya people have been reviving their mother tongue with language textbooks and education programs in recent years.

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