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The Ethnics
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  1. Taitung County is home to seven aboriginal ethnics, including Bunun, Paiwan, Rukai, Amis, Beinan, Yamis, and Gamalan. Each tribe has its own unique culture; the diversity is the one and only in the nation as well as a rarity in the world. The high density and high diversity of indigenous population endows Taitung County with beverages richest resources.
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Ethnic The Beauty of the Ethnics
Bunun  iconThe heavenly chorus: 
the chorus of the Bununs is everywhere, not only in a harvest festival. It is sound after a round of the best liquor and it is heard in all the rituals. Although the time has changed and the sound of the heavenly chorus is now only heard in special occasions, the Western religion preserved the traditional tunes of chorus. Even the children know how to make harmonious chorus, I guess this is the talent God endows onto the Bunus.
icon There is no chief - The society centers around the family elders:
other than the annual Hunting Festival, the Bunun's society works in units of extended family and the family elders are highly esteemed as the decision maker.
icon Orchestrated music instruments
The Bununs have preserved an array of traditional music instruments. They are played in solo or orchestra.
icon The meaningful attitude towards life
Full-moon means harvest and crescent means disappearance (disinfection and grass cutting). Playing diabolo is a wish for the millets to grow quickly. Swings means the millets will grow as high as the swing flies.The day a baby turns a month old is an all-day event. A celebration is held to bless and wish the baby a strong and lively childhood. Fruiting of wild pepper is a wish for good harvest because the pepper is spicy so the birds do not dare to come close to the millets.
icon Personification of the millets: 
the millets have souls and facial features; they move around and have father and son relationships. Therefore, they are highly respected. The father millet has five ears, watching over the growth of the son millet. Therefore, the Bununs give the father millet very high respect.
Paiwan icon Inherited social ranks:
the Paiwans are born into certain ranks.  The Chief's son  will grow up to be achieve to own land; and the aristocracies or peasants wall will be born to have  different rights  of using lands.  However, it is possible for a Paiwan to move up To higher ranks through good performances in battles, hunting, carving, and marriage.
icon The eldest child inherits family properties but the genders or equal:
the eldest child of a family inherits all the properties in a family with only a small portion distribute it to the rest of the children, and the eldest child has the right to allocate the resources.
icon Ancestor worshiping
Paiwan's worship to their ancestor spirits is revealed by the large sculpture of ancestor spirits in the homes. Usually, the central pillar of a house is a holy place in the family. Family treasures, such as clay pots, knives, and animal bones that present the heroic events of the man in the house, or placed by the central pillar. The bride in beautiful gown also sits in front of the central pillar.
icon Glamorous decorative arts
vivid colors and blossoming flowers are that best representations of the Paiwans. Women wear their specially designed patterns to show their artistic talents. Their insistence to the uniqueness of their patterns is confidence and pride to their ethnicity.
icon Special emphasis on their origins:
whoever that visits a chief would be told of the family's origin, such as the stories of the son of the sun, the offspring of the clay pot and the vipers. It is a way to show the importance of the individual or family. The origins of civilians and royalties are different according to the legends and this is the best proof to the hereditary system.
icon The active creators:
The Paiwans sure what their special athletics and artistic talents in their lives.  There are many Paiwans dedicated to wood carving. Gulou Village of Laiyi Township has more than ten wood carvers but only one makes it a profession. The Paiwans see this arts as part of life and passion. This is the difference of Paiwan from other ethnics. There are people studying the revival of glass beads and clay pots as well as music.  Their traditional aesthetic values are not weakened through time.
icon A melting pot of other cultures: 
the Paiwans absorbed different foreign cultures through time and internalized into their own essences.  For example, the Paiwans absorbed the form of the button design of the Hans and turn it into a special feature of the Paiwan culture. Recently, some of the artists are adapting the making of glass beads into their traditional beading arts and turning the art into a fashion.
Rukai icon Beautiful apparel:
The Rukai apparel is characteristic for its cross stitch and glass beads.  The totems are complex and glamorous, somewhat similar to the Paiwans, especially the tribes in the Sandimen and Majia area.
icon The Sacred Lily:
Lily is the tribal flower of the Rukais. Rukais respect for lily has elevated to the spiritual sense and even extended to the social order and morals.
icon Worship of vipers and leopard: 
Many Rukai legends are centered around vipers. The viper is the ancestor of the chief – it is the elder in the tribe. Nonetheless, Rukai's respect for the vipers is not without fear. The villagers are forbidden to come into contact with the vipers. The Rukais' respect and worship of the vipers is very similar to that of the Paiwan.
icon Life Attitude for Arts:
The Rukai's artistic expression shows in the home decoration, costumes, songs, and dances. Arts are in the lives of Rukais – carvings, embroideries, weaving, and horticulture are activities in the traditions of Rukai lives.

icon Strict age rank structure
Although the clubhouse system has disappeared, the age rank system is still practiced in the Amis villages. The younger obeys the elder is the traditional way of life in the Amis traditions.
icon The catchy songs and dances:
friendly tunes, strong tempos, and catchy rhythms are the characteristics of Amis folk tunes. Almost all other ethnics know how to sing one or two Amis songs.
icon Bright colors and apparels:
from Hualien to Taitung, the Amis traditional costumes emerged into three systems, developed graphically bound. However, the variations are found from village to village; therefore, there is still no theory about the development.

Beinan icon Sparta style training.
icon Exquisite embroidery arts
cross stitch is characteristic of the Beinan arts, as well as the dance patterns.
icon Garlands:
although not only the Beinans wear garlands, but the good uniform style and the meaning (men's adulthood) is exclusive.
icon Popularity of Shamanism:
in earlier times, shamanism is highly popular in the Beinan tribes. Other ethnics are terrified of Beinan's witchcraft's. The shamanism is categorized into the white and black witchcrafts. The white witchcraft heals people and the black witchcraft harms people. Currently, there are still several Shamans in the southern tribes. The southern king has more than 20 male and female shamans. They are in charge of the rituals in the tribes or endow blessings to the people. Recently, there is even one shaman open a business to carry out blessing rituals and fortune telling for people. Of course, the service is not limited to the Beinans; quite a few Hans our regular customers.

icon The fly fish culture:
catching flying Fish is one of the major events in the life of an Yamis. The Yamis live around the fly fish catching activities, and this concept extends to Amis believes and their view of the universe (legend has it that the God in heaven also has fly fish in his home.)
icon The culture of big boat
The Yamis skill in sampan assembly and decoration is exclusive to the world.  A fishing team is usually made up of family members, and to this activity coagulates the family organization in the spirit of sharing.
icon The worldview of Southern Islands:
traditionally, the Yamis's world includes Taiwan, Lyudao (Green Island), and the Batan Islands. China does not exist in their map.
icon The only ethnic that does not have the tradition of headhunting:
peace loving Yamis put on their helmet and spear and flight by throwing stones at each other until one of them is hurt. After the battle, they each go home and the war is entered

Gamalan The Gamalan is the earliest settlers of the Lanyang Plains. It is one of the branches of Taiwan's plain aborigines. In the earlier days, the Gamalans dwell in the Lanyang Plain area. At the end of the 18th century, the Hans began to migrate into the Lanyang Plains and forced the Gamalans to relocate into the east. Today, the Gamalans mostly spread in the Ilan, Luodong, Suao, Fengbing Township (Hualien County), and Changbing Townsip (Taitung County) area.