2017International Austronesian Conference

Cultural Heritage & Community Empowerment


  • Introduction to the people

    The Paiwan is the second large indigenous people in Taiwan, with population second only to the Amis. They live mostly in the south of Central Mountain Range. The relocation of the deep-mountain tribes to the shallow-mountain area launched by the Japanese Colonial Government since 1930 had gravely impacted the Paiwan. The local governments moved Paiwan tribes to the newly-built communities systematically after 1945. The Paiwan manifests exquisite craftsmanship and a rigorous social institute. The youth organizations are the material force of the contemporary Paiwan tribes. [142w]

    Introduction to the tribe

    Kaladruljan, which means mutual prosperities of the communities, derives from the Paiwan word “Kinayarulan.” This connotation comes from the fact that Kaladruljan is a relatively new tribe formed by four tribes that migrated here in the 1940s, and the elders back then wished not only the harmony within the tribe, but also gratitude towards the surrounding tribes from their posterities. The tribes that showed generosities and inclusiveness to the newcomers were Taromak, ligavon, Kasavakan and Katratripulr, to name a few. [147w]