Stacy Hsin-Tung Chen
Paiwan is one of top twelve aborigine people in Taiwan. Paiwan, this name was been provided by Japanese scholars. Paiwan mean human being.
Mainly, they live around south part of taiwan mountain. They believe ”Chinese moccasin“ is their Mythical creature so you can find many Chinese Moccasin totem and Lilly on their handcraft or their house. they have the famous skill using stone sheet to build houses and ancestry used woodcarving to record daily life.
Now, when people see the Chinese Moccasin totem and Lilly, they will realise it is Paiwan traditional art and culture.
Paiwan hunting hat
Box for divination instruments
Paiwan old man with hand tattoos
This tradition was forbidden by the Japanese authorities at the beginning of the 20th century.
Nowadays Taiwan government help them to protect their culture and traditional hand craft.
Paiwan Wisdom – Video
Digital Museum of Taiwan Indigenous People:
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