Mon, May 20, 2013 - Page 12 News List

A tale of two voices

Singer/songwriter Sangpuy Katetepan and Cloud Gate Dance performer Bulareyaung Pagarlava have united in common cause to preserve Aboriginal traditions and culture

By Joe Henley  /  Contributing reporter

Today, the Taipei-based Sangpuy and Bulareyaung frequently travel around Taiwan to Aboriginal villages and speak to youth about the importance of remembering where they come from. Bulareyaung has also started returning to his home village more often to brush up on his Paiwan, and to get to know his own culture again. His trips to other villages and his own are as much about imparting the importance of preserving Aboriginal culture as they are about inspiring young people to walk their own path — just as he did in pursuing a career in modern dance.

“I want to teach the young kids, but also share my own story; to tell them ‘Don’t be afraid to follow your dream.’”

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