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Taiwan premier pays respects to late Indigenous actor

Camake Valaule played Seqalu Chief Tok-a-tok in 'Seqalu: Formosa 1867'

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Camake Valaule played Chief Tok-a-tok in "Seqalu: Formosa 1867." (Marie Claire Taiwan photo)

Camake Valaule played Chief Tok-a-tok in "Seqalu: Formosa 1867." (Marie Claire Taiwan photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Monday (Aug. 23) paid respects to Camake Valaule, a teacher of Paiwan culture at Taiwu Elementary School in Pingtung County and an actor in the Taiwanese historical fiction TV series “Seqalu: Formosa 1867,” who passed away after succumbing to lymphoma.

Su said in a Facebook post that he went to Laiyi Township in Pingtung to say goodbye to Valaule on behalf of the Cabinet and also expressed condolences to the Indigenous actor’s wife and family members. He added that Valaule’s “exquisite performance” in “Seqalu” made all Taiwanese want to learn more about Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples and the history of the nation.

The world will forever miss Valaule, who contributed to the preservation of traditional Paiwan folk songs and culture all his life, Su said.

In “Seqalu,” the actor played the role of Tok-a-tok, the head of the 18-tribe Seqalu chiefdom. The series tells the aftermath of the Rover Incident, which occurred when the American merchant ship "Rover" struck a coral reef near Taiwan’s Pingtung. The sailors on board were attacked and killed by Seqalu locals, who believed they were invaders.

The show is broadcast every Saturday on the PTS channel and is available on other online streaming platforms, including PTS+, Line TV, Netflix, and myVideo.