Sons of the
Myths and Legends of the Paiwan People
The 1st Special Exhibition
Gallery, Human Cultures Hall
December 14, 2011 - May 27,
The National Museum of
Natural Science opens "Sons of the Sun" exhibition, an exhibition
to interpret the history and culture of the Paiwan tribe. Sons of the
Sun is scheduled to take place at the Museum between Dec. 14, 2011 and
May 27, 2012.
The Paiwan live in the mountains of the southern end of Taiwan
and are divided into the Raval and Butaul branches. They live on farming as well
as hunting, animal husbandry, and creek fishing. They have a social system
founded on land ownership, and their kinship is ambilineal. The Paiwan are noted
for their wood and stone sculpture. The Butual branch holds a major sacrificial
rite every five years, called maleveq, to invite the spirits of their dead
ancestors to come and bless the living.
of the Sun includes seven themes: The Incredible Sun Egg on
Mt.Dawu, History of Canvas, Taken from Nature, Used in Nature,
The Hundred-Pace Viper: Different than You Imained, Ceramic Pot, Glass
Bead and Bronze Blade, Who Can Open the Seal of the Shaman, and
Rituals in Memory. Through marvelous illustrations, storytelling, and
animated films, this exhibition depicts the true feelings of the Paiwan people.
Visitors will be able to experience the many facets of the Paiwn culture
including their mysterious ancient legends.
"The Paiwan people have the adaptability of absorbing many
exogenous cultures through merging and synthesizing, transforming them into
their own cultural boundaries; such is the exact cause for the long lasting
Paiwan history," said Dr. Chou Wen-hao, the Deputy Director of the Museum at the
"To get our audiences closer to the objects displayed and to
make our exhibition vivid, we work hard to activate the Paiwan mysterious
legends," added Miss Liu Yi-chun, Curator at the Museum's Exhibition Department.
Sons of the Sun is a must-see exhibition to
anyone who is interested in Formosan indigenous cultures.
The presentation of Sons of the Sun: The Myths and Legends of the
Paiwan People at the National Museum of Natural Science is made possible
by the cooperation with
National Taiwan Museum
And is proudly supported by
Council for Cultural Affairs, Executive Yuan
Council for Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan
Additional support is generously provided by
National Museum of
American Institute in Taiwan
Shung Ye Museum of Formosan