TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — To celebrate Taiwan's Indigenous Day, which takes place Aug. 1, the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall has launched a special exhibition called "ita/kita, power for us.”
The opening ceremony took place on Saturday (July 31) and included a performance by Indigenous singer Sangpuy Katatepan (桑布伊), who is known for performing songs of the Puyuma tribe. Taiwan’s “Goddess of Weightlifting” Kuo Hsing-chun (郭婞淳), who is of the Amis tribe, sent her blessings online.
Indigenous singer Sangpuy Katatepan. (Taiwan News, Wendy Wu photo)
The exhibition is divided into 11 sections ranging from nature to history that give a glimpse into Indigenous culture. The exhibited works were all created by Indigenous artists, according to the Ministry of Culture. The giant rock at the entry is supposed to symbolize Yushan, Taiwan's highest mountain.
"Ita/kita" means "us" in many Taiwanese Indigenous languages, as well as in other Austronesian languages, and indicates the solidarity and harmony of the Taiwanese people, said curator Masao Aki (馬紹・阿紀).
"We will improve our understanding of Indigenous peoples by appreciating their culture and contributions to society," said Minister of Culture Lee Yung-te (李永得).
Indigenous Day was born to honor the recertification movement of Taiwan's indigenous population, said Icyang Parod (夷將・拔路兒), director of the Council of Indigenous Peoples.
The exhibition runs from Aug. 1-11. To make a reservation, visit the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall website.
Exhibition open Aug. 1-11. (National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall image)