Aborigines of Taiwan: The Puyuma: From Headhunting to the Modern World Josiane Cauquelin

ISBN: 9780415314138

Published: August 16th 2004

Hardcover

277 pages


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Aborigines of Taiwan: The Puyuma: From Headhunting to the Modern World  by  Josiane Cauquelin

Aborigines of Taiwan: The Puyuma: From Headhunting to the Modern World by Josiane Cauquelin
August 16th 2004 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 277 pages | ISBN: 9780415314138 | 9.72 Mb

The first comprehensive study of the Puyuma people of Taiwan, this book is based on extensive field research over a period of twenty years. The Puyuma belong to the Austronesian peoples, which today number less than 370,000. In Taiwan, they are theMoreThe first comprehensive study of the Puyuma people of Taiwan, this book is based on extensive field research over a period of twenty years.

The Puyuma belong to the Austronesian peoples, which today number less than 370,000. In Taiwan, they are the least known of the aboriginal groups, numbering on 6,000, and inhabiting the Southeastern province of Taitung. The Puyuma are today sedentary farmers, but until the last century subsisted on horticulture and hunting.

Consisting of several villages forming a traditional community, the village that forms the focus of this study is called Puyuma (or Nanwang for the Taiwanese administration), whose inhabitants number 1300. The study looks at the historical changes in the status and definition of these people in relation to the central state, the criteria by which people determine their own ethnic identity, and the evolution of that identity through history.

The increasing awareness in the West of the importance of ethnic relations makes this an especially timely book.



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