Date: November 19, 2015
An indigenous craft art festival is to kick off Nov. 21 at an industrial development
center in Pingtung County’s Rinari community, showcasing the burgeoning artistic talent of people forced to relocate after Typhoon Morakot in 2009.
Situated near Beidawu Mountain in the Central Mountain Range, Rinari was established in December 2010 to accommodate displaced victims, mostly of the Paiwan and Rukai groups originally from Pingtung’s Dashe, Haocha and Majia Villages in Sandimen, Wutai and Majia Townships, respectively.
“We hope the event will boost the spirits of those who have suffered, further enhancing collaboration with them to create greater prosperity for all,” an official of the county government’s Department of Indigenous Peoples said. “Art is an effective outlet through which we can strengthen our resolve toward realizing this goal.”
Themed Kacalisian, meaning the people living on hill slopes in the Paiwan language, the first-ever festival features 10 art forms including embroidery, painting, sculpture, stone and iron carving, as well as house murals by artists from the Paiwan and Rukai groups. [FULL STORY]