Pingtung tribal community spotlights aboriginal culture

Taiwan News
Source: United Daily News
Date: January 11, 2016

A tribal community in Pingtung County is rising in prominence as a window of

Artworks such as “Meal Time,” a metal installation piece made from spoons of various shapes and sizes, showcase the ingenuity of Taiwan’s indigenous artists in Rinari community of Pingtung County. (UDN)

Artworks such as “Meal Time,” a metal installation piece made from spoons of various shapes and sizes, showcase the ingenuity of Taiwan’s indigenous artists in Rinari community of Pingtung County. (UDN)

artwork and culture for the indigenous Paiwan and Rukai peoples of southern Taiwan.

Situated near Beidawu Mountain in the Central Mountain Range, Rinari was established in December 2010 to accommodate displaced victims of 2009’s Typhoon Morakot. It comprises 483 households originally from Pingtung’s Dashe Village in Sandimen Township, Haocha Village in Wutai Township and Majia Village in Majia Township.

The community, described by ROC President Ma Ying-jeou as the “Provence of Taiwan,” is fast becoming a photographer’s paradise on the strength of its assortment of eye-catching buildings and facilities. It is also famed for popular displays of creations by resident artists forming the backbone of a craft festival organized by the county government since 2014.

Among these is “Fragrant Breeze on the Hill” by Paiwan Etan Pavavalung. The massive metal and wood mural in bright orange on the wall of a building draws attention to the need for environmental conservation.     [FULL  STORY]

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