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The original gallery of Taiwanese Aborigines was formally opened in 1993 as part of the permanent exhibition in Human Cultures Hall, and for the past fifteen years the gallery has been active in the care of Taiwan Austronesian holdings. However, the number of Taiwanese aboriginal tribes recognized by the ROC government has gone up from 9 to 14 recently (Ami, Atayal, Bunun, Kavalan, Paiwan, Puyuma, Rukai, Saisiyat, Sakizaya, Seediq, Thao, Taroko, Tsou, Yami). Moreover, the Museum's collections of Taiwan Austronesian have been increasing, and the Museum's curators in anthropology have gained more understanding about Austronesian cultures.

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The newly opened Taiwan Austronesian Gallery presents the remarkable history of Formosan from their earliest ancestors millions of years ago to their modern life. It introduces representative aspects of each of Taiwan Austronesian cultures. Topics include geographical distributions, cultural specialties, daily lives, spiritual beliefs and ritual practices. We tried to present the diversity and uniqueness of Taiwan Austronesian cultures through combining our exhibition with their real lives. In addition to keeping the original highlighted exhibition, the renovated gallery is featured with:

Yami Plank Boat
Yami Plank Boat
- a Yami full-size 8 persons plank boat hulled together by 24 wooden planks, joint by using kapok and resin. Not a single piton or nail is used; the planks are simply fixed and kept in place by interlocking each other. The exquisitely refined carvings and patterns on the boat fully display an artistic talent of the Yami tribesmen. Boat building, to the Yami people, is vitally important. Conducted and possessed by the same family members, this boat can be served as a symbol of their solid family unit and their spirits of "teamwork and sharing".

Tree Plaza
Tree Plaza
- a gorgeous "tree" soaring in the center of the gallery as its centerpiece, where spectacular multimedia presentations on the myths and rituals of Taiwan Austronesian are delivered. This magnificent gathering space is a key element in the revitalization of the entire gallery. Here visitors are able to access Taiwan indigenous peoples' real lives or ceremonies through an advanced webcam device.

 

Paiwan Stone-slate Hut
Paiwan Stone-slate Hut
- a restored stone-slate hut of Paiwan Nobles. As we know, there exists a strict social hierarchy in this indigenous tribe: the Chieftain, the Noble, the Warrior, and the Commoner; and no matter what they are, they are all noted for their stone-slate huts. Huts belonging to the Nobles are quite roomy. This restored hut with a large stone platform and a stone totem pole in the front and pieces of wooden sculptures, stone carvings or glazed beads placed inside display clearly their unconditional respect toward their ancestors.

 

- a distinctive Tsou flat-top cottage, Rukai stone-slab house and Yami semi-underground thatched house as examples of dwellings. As we know, many of the traditional customs of Taiwanese aborigines are disappearing as a result of modernization. Yet, important aspects in their life are recorded through the layout of their dwelling to increase understanding and respect for their various cultures.
Tsou Flat-top Cottage
Tsou Flat-top Cottage
Rukai Stone-slab House
Rukai Stone-slab House
Yami Thatched House
Yami Thatched House

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