The Global Indigenous Peoples’ Performing Arts Festival that is scheduled to start on Friday is to be joined by international indigenous troupes from seven countries and territories — Canada, Tahiti, New Zealand, Guam, Burundi, Chile and Hungary — the Council of Indigenous Peoples announced yesterday.
Manahau, a traditional Tahitian dance group, performed at a press conference at the Executive Yuan in Taipei yesterday to unveil the eight-day event that is to be held in Taoyuan County, Greater Taichung, Taitung County and Hualien County.
The festival, which was first held in 2011, aims to enhance international visibility of indigenous people, advocate the nation’s indigenous culture of music and dance, and promote exchanges between Taiwanese indigenous peoples and international indigenous peoples, the council said in a press statement.
Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times
“There will be trips arranged to tribal areas during the festival as a great opportunity for Taiwanese and overseas indigenous peoples to get first-hand experience of other groups’ traditional music and dance,” the council said.
In addition, the council is to hold a Guinness World Record attempt on the first day of the festival at the Taoyuan County Arts Facilities Management Center to create the “largest Malikuda dance” — a traditional Amis tribal dance.
In Taiwan, Indigenous Peoples Day is observed on Aug. 1 of each year because it was on Aug. 1, 1994, that the Constitution was amended to change a derogatory name for Aborigines, “mountain compatriots,” to “indigenous people.”
The festival was scheduled to begin on Friday to commemorate those who had dedicated their lives to fight for Aboriginal rights, Council of Indigenous Peoples minister Lin Chiang-yi (林江義) said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
TIME FOR CHANGE: Most of those at a public hearing organized by the DPP’s Chung Chia-pin also agreed that the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan should be abolished Taiwan needs a new constitution, as the current one was adopted in Nanjing in 1946, when the Republic of China (ROC) represented all of China, while the Control Yuan and Examination Yuan should be abolished, legal experts and academics said yesterday during a public hearing at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei. Chang Kun-sheng (張錕盛), a law professor and secretary-general of the Taiwan Administrative Law Association, said that it is time to draft a new constitution. The ROC Constitution was adopted during a National Constituent Assembly meeting in Nanjing shortly after World War II and before the Chinese Civil War had fully erupted,
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among