2017International Austronesian Conference

Cultural Heritage & Community Empowerment

    The Bunun

  • The Bunun was originated in the mountain areas in central Taiwan with approximate population of 57, 000. The Bunun is a typical mountain indigenous people whose traditional realms covered across the eastern and western sides of the center of Central Mountain Range. They are divided, according to their systems and legends, into Takituduh, Takibakha, Takivatan, Takbanuaz, Isbukun, and Takopulan, each of which has slightly different accents and speeches. Their culture is based on patrilineage and they stress highly the relationships among clans with a strict rule banning consanguineous marriages. Their society advocates equal rights, and the people emphasize the acquired abilities of individuals. In the classic era, the Bunun planted millet for livings and further developed the corresponding calendar and rituals. On the fact of material culture, they worship austerity and introversion, and are known by the world with Pasibutbut (eulogy for the millet harvest, often called Eight-Part Harmony).

    Taitung Bunun Youths

    Corporation Aggregate’s Taitung County Bunun Youths Sustainable Development Association (Taitung Bunun Youths) inherited the ideas of tastu baning (the same stove) and tastu lumah (the same family) from their ancestors, and built a platform for co-developments and movements for Bunun youths in Haitutuan County and Inpiing County in Taitung area. With the educational, cultural, and industrial stepping stones under their feet, these youths contribute their energy to pile up the fire woods for the contemporary era. Apart from cultural inheritance and knowledge implementation, Taitung Bunun Youths wishes to actively push every public affair and participation in issues, facilitate cross-tribal and cross-group youth cooperation, and finally cultivate a new generation of indigenous peoples that embrace both conventional and modern knowledge.