Seediq, an Endangered Aboriginal Tribe and Language in Taiwan

Only 25,000 people still speak the endangered Seediq language.The News Lens
Date: 2019/08/02

By Abhinash Das

Photo Credit:Corbis / TPG Images By Abhinash Das

Human history is full of examples of the struggles between indigenous peoples and colonial powers.

The Seediq tribe (賽德克族), one of the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, has a similar history of fighting for their rights against the Japanese colonial power that occupied the island from 1895 to 1945.

Today the Seediq tribe only has a population of 8,994 and its language is classified as a critically endangered language.

The term “Seediq” refers to both the people and their language. The Seediq language is a part of the Austronesian language family and it is made up of three major dialects: Truku, Toda, and Tgdaya. The Truku dialect is also shared by the Truku (or Taroko) tribes.    [FULL  STORY]

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