The Saisiyat Folklore Museum

  • 24 March, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Curious John

The Saisiyat people are one of Taiwan’s 16 officially recognized indigenous groups. They number around 6500 and live in two clusters in northwest Taiwan. Though Saisiyat people’s day-to-day lives are now quite different from those of their ancestors, their language and many of their traditions remain. The best place to meet the Saisiyat people is the Saisiyat Folklore Museum in Nanzhuang, Miaoli County. The museum sits in the mountains next to foggy Hsiang-tian Lake, and it provides a full overview of the Saisiyat way of life. You can see everyday objects from the past and also learn about the Saisiyat ceremonies that are still being held today. Miaoli County Councillor Pan Chiu-jung has worked closely with this museum since it opened. He is himself Saisiyat, and under his watch, the museum has become the repository of his culture. He joins us today to introduce the Saisiyat people and the museum he worked to build.