American Institute of Taiwan engages indigenous community

American Institute of Taiwan Kaohsiung Branch Chief, Thomas Wong (third from left), participated in a traditional ceremony of the Hla’alua people, an indigenous community of Taiwan, Feb. 27. During remarks recognizing the importance of the ceremony, Wong said, “Taiwan’s rich indigenous cultures are indeed a source of its strength as a diverse and inclusive society.” The Miatungusu (sacred shell ceremony) is an important ritual for the Hla’alua people and holds deep cultural and spiritual importance and traditionally takes place after the crop harvest. The ceremony, which took place in the Taoyuan District, is seen as a way for the Hla’alua community to retain their cultural identity and pass it on to the next generation.  

Photo courtesy of the Kaohsiung City Government Commission of Indigenous Affairs

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