Learn more about Indigenous Peoples

Taiwan is a beautiful island located in the Asian Pacific Ocean, inhabited by various ethnic groups, of which the Indigenous Peoples is about 567,000 accounting for 2% of the total population. At present, the 16 nationalities identified by the government include: Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Bunun, Pinuyumayan, Rukai, Tsou, Saisiyat, Yami, Thao, Kavalan, Truku, Sakizaya, Sediq, Hla'alua, Kanakanavu and so on. Each ethnic group has its own culture, language, customs and social structure. For Taiwan, the Indigenous Peoples is an important source of history and culture as well as a unique treasure of beauty.

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About The Tribe’s Little Owl

In Taiwan, the owl is seen as the stork and the patron saint of babies for the indigenous people, Bunun. While the Amis believe that the owl is the guardian of the forest and their arrival during the night bears the auspicious news of tribal women getting pregnant and the people could differentiate the gender of the infant through the sounds that the owl emits. The Puyuma believe that the sounds emitted by the owl bring good news. The Thao believes that owls are spiritual birds and symbolize good fortune, protecting and bringing more blessings to the people.

Hence, the “Tribe’s Little Owl,” which symbolizes guardianship of the indigenous people’s industrial development was born. The lovely and adorable little owl follow people to get busy, with cultural craftsmanship, unique farming industry, as well as the promotion of tribal ecotourism. She is also passionate about activities and exhibits inside and outside the country.

Hello everyone, I am the Tribe’s Little Owl! Direct and dainty, I am a 20-year old girl from the Tsou tribe in Taiwan. My favorite food is millet mochi and the wild boar tusk necklace around my neck is my family heirloom that has been passed from generation to generation. Dad gave it to me as a coming-of-age gift, symbolizing fearless courage.


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