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Educating elders for the next generation

Elderly Atayal speakers are learning a romanized version of their language so they can pass it on to their grandchildren and keep their myths and legends alive

By Han Cheung  /  Staff reporter

About three years ago, Yukan created six colorful storybooks featuring Atayal legends for children, including A Story of Two Suns (兩個太陽), The Magical Wood Thrushes (靈鳥希利克) and The Rainbow Bridge (彩虹橋). All books include a sample language lesson plan.

Yukan says that although the stories are Atayal, he made sure that other Aboriginal languages are included to reflect Taiwan’s linguistic diversity and to facilitate cultural sharing between different indigenous groups.

“Most Atayal people have heard of these legends as children, but we also need to help preserve them,” he says.

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