Fri, Nov 16, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Aboriginal Exposition to showcase local tribal culture

By Loa Iok-sin  /  STAFF REPORTER

The 2007 Aboriginal Exposition -- a gathering of the nation's 13 Aboriginal tribes to showcase their food, experiences, traditional handicrafts, games, dances and music -- will open in Taipei tomorrow.

Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod made the announcement at a press conference yesterday on the festival grounds.

The exposition will be held through Nov. 24 at the Xinyi International Club (信義公民會館) 50 Songqin Rd, Taipei City.

"People living in Taipei seldom have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal cultures and to taste authentic Aboriginal food. This is a good opportunity to do so," Icyang said. "Specialities and tourist attractions in the 55 Aboriginal townships across the nation will also be introduced to visitors."

In the main exhibition room, visitors will be able to see traditional outfits of each tribe and life size traditional houses used by some tribes.

In the DIY area, visitors will be invited to make Aboriginal handicrafts -- such as lazurite bracelets and headwear -- pound millet dough with a pestle and play Aboriginal musical instruments, Icyang said.

The main square of the venue will be turned into a stage and an open-air kitchen.

Aboriginal foods such as grilled mountain boar meat, rice steamed in a bamboo tube, handmade millet glutinous rice, and millet wine will be served, while music and dances will be performed between 6pm and 8pm on the weekend, Icyang said.

Meanwhile, Icyang urged the Legislature to pass the Aboriginal Autonomous Regions Act (AARA, 原住民族自治區法) as soon as possible when asked about the law after the press conference.

"We hope the Legislature will pass it during this legislative session," he said. "Aboriginal autonomy can begin as soon as the AARA is passed."

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