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Sons of the Sun
The Myths and Legends of the Paiwan People
The 1st Special Exhibition Gallery, Human Cultures Hall
December 14, 2011 - May 27, 2012

971020The 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.

971020Sons 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 opening reception.

"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 Prehistory
American Institute in Taiwan
Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines