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Pazeh writers get awards for preserving language

DYING ART:The Pazeh language is on a UN list of 18 critically endangered languages, but Pazeh Aborigines are giving classes to save their language and customs

By Hua Meng-ching and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

He said the Pazeh Aborigines collectively applied to the Council of Indigenous Peoples in 2006 for restoration of their original “Indigenous” status, which they had held in the household registry system along with the Gaoshan, or highland Aborigine groups, during the Japanese colonial era and up to the 1950s during the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) administration.

“Despite our repeated efforts and lobbying the government, we are to this day still excluded and not recognized as an Aborigine group,” he said, “In any case, we will continue our efforts to save our Pazeh culture and language.”

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