Photographer's Note

Taiwanese indigenous peoples makes just 2.38% of the island's population, but gives the island a beutifull addition. they are 800,000 people divided to 16 diferante groups - each has its own culture and appirance.

The Pinuyumayan minority:
Mainly concerntrated on the southern plain of Taitung Rift Valley, Pinuyumayan is traditionally a matriarchal society but has gradually transformed into a paternity society. Pinuyumayan tribe possesses excellent embroidery skills. The dancing human figure pattern is the unique totem of Pinuyumayan. They will hold annual rituals including Basibas (monkey ceremony) and Mangayaw (hunting festival) by the end of each year to unite the tribe. Pinuyumayan has a Palakuwan, an assembly which functions as the ground to hold adulthood rituals and warrior training. Pinuyumayan is brave and skillful in fighting.

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Additional Photos by yuval naaman (kogawa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 109 N: 480] (4652)
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