Lahok Oding, who turned 33 this year and is an Amis Aborigine, used to make ends meet by working for other people. Three years ago, she began to feel perplexed about where her life was heading and thought that, “If I don’t do something for myself, this could be what I will be doing for the rest of my life.” She then picked up her painting brushes again and began to paint a life for herself.
Lahok Oding is an Amis Aborigine from the Makotaay (Harbor) Village in Hualien County’s Fengbin Township. She left her hometown with her parents as a child. Despite living in the city for many years, she frequently remembers the village, sewing traditional Amis clothing together with her grandmother and singing Amis songs with her. At first, she painted to vent her emotions, but now she expresses her feelings through her creativity. Life began to come alive, just like the vibrant colors in her paintings.
Lahok Oding says that many people think that Aboriginal art is either wood carving or traditional totems, but in her paintings there are no traditional totems to be seen. Village culture provides the inspiration for her creativity. She transmutes her life experience in the city and the dilemmas and conflicts in relation to her Aboriginal identity into art.
Photo: Chiu Chih-jou, Liberty Times
She named her exhibition “Misalamaay kami anini” (We are having fun) in the Amis language. The artworks at the exhibition reveal her life journey. She employs the styles of party music and dim light to create a relaxed atmosphere for visitors as they browse through her “emotions,” in the hope that she will be able to give the public a different experience of Aboriginal culture and art.
“Misalamaay kami anini” is showcased at the Taiwan Indigenous Peoples Cultural Park in Pingtung County until June 12.
(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)
她用阿美族語為自己的展覽命名，叫做「Misalamaay kami anini」（我們正在玩耍）。從展覽的作品中可以看見她的生命歷程。她也特別選用「派對音樂及昏暗光線」風格，讓參觀畫展的民眾，用輕鬆自在的心情， 瀏覽她的「感受」，希望讓大眾對原住民文化創作有不一樣的體驗。
「Misalamaay kami anini」畫作展，於屏東縣台灣原住民族文化園區展出至六月十二日為止。
1. perplexed adj.
感到迷惑 (gan3 dao4 mi2 huo4)
例: William is often perplexed about the fluctuations of his waistline.
2. name v.
命名 (ming4 ming2)
例: They named the band after their favorite song.
3. showcase v.
展出；展示 (zhan3 chu1; zhan3 shi4)
例: While some people like to showcase their wealth, Jack doesn’t.
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