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Discovery Channel to display new perspective of aboriginal culture

Discovery Channel to display new perspective of aboriginal culture

Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The culture of Taiwan's aboriginal people will be prominently displayed for television viewers in 2016, as the Discovery Channel plans to release a new show called "Taiwan's Tribal Treasure", aimed at covering an aboriginal Taiwanese tribe.
Filmed in close collaboration with members of the Rukai tribe and Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples, the series aims to highlight an aspect of Taiwan that may not be particularly well-known overseas.
The primary goal of the series is for viewers to gain a deeper understanding of the traditions and societal intricacies present in Taiwanese aboriginal culture.
According to Gina Hung, acting president of Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, North Asia, the series is intended to present a unique perspective of aboriginal culture to that which many might expect.
One of the aims of the production team is to subvert the conventional tropes in which aborigines are presented on local television, instead seeking to reveal an in-depth look at how a tribe lives in modern times.
This is done through following younger members of the tribe as they seek to explore and understand their own cultural roots.
An example of this is the story of Lavaoso, a young Rukai woman who is featured in the series.
Her perspective is shown as she takes part in an event called "Tsatsapipianu," an annual ritual in Rukai culture that seeks harvest blessings from the tribe's ancestral spirits every July. In addition to this event, her wedding with another member of the Rukai tribe takes place. Through the lens of the film crew, both her emotional and cultural journey will be on full display for viewers.
"Taiwan's Tribal Treasure" will be first broadcast in 2016 on the Discovery Channel in Asia, while further distribution to other parts of the world is expected if the program is successful. (by Chen Pei-yu and Lance Yau)


Updated : 2021-09-29 04:56 GMT+08:00