The opening ceremony of the "O ngangan no niyah: A Name for Ourselves – The Traditional Naming Culture of Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan" exhibition opened at Taipei Municipal Neihu Senior High School on July 21. With a performance of Zeng Yu-chen, an Atayal singer from Jiale Village in Jianshi Township, Hsinchu County, the exhibition was unveiled by Icyang Parod, Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Dong Jia-ju, Principal of Neihu Senior High School, and teachers and students of the school.
To introduce the history of indigenous peoples' perseverance in reclaiming traditional names and learn about the beauty of traditional naming culture, the Council of Indigenous Peoples cooperated with the National Central Library to launch "O ngangan no niyah: A Name for Ourselves – The Traditional Naming Culture of Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan" exhibition in June 2022, which has received positive recognition from the general public. It also co-organized a travelling exhibition with 10 local Indigenous Peoples' Cultural Centers across Taiwan. More participants have been included in the exhibition this year. It has also cooperated with 12 schools island-wide with the aim of improving teachers and students' multicultural knowledge about indigenous peoples and create a friendly, diverse, and co-prosperous environment for various ethnic groups.
Icyang Parod, the Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, stated that it took great effort for indigenous peoples to reclaim and register their traditional tribe names. The council has cooperated with schools for the first time this year, hoping that through travelling exhibitions and educational promotion activities, the history of indigenous peoples' perseverance in reclaiming traditional names can be known to more people throughout Taiwan and the public can learn about the beauty of traditional naming culture.
In addition to cooperating with 12 schools for the first time, the travelling exhibition will also be held at the Atayal Cultural Center in Nan'ao Township, the Museum of Saisiyat Folklore in Miaoli County, the Tsou Nature and Cultural Center in Alishan Township, Chiayi County, the Indigenous Cultural Relic Museum of Tainan City, the Namasia For Aboriginal Cultural Museum in Kaohsiung City, the Pingtung 1936 Tobacco Culture Base of the Pingtung County Indigenous Culture Center, and the Laiyi Aboriginal Museum in Pingtung County. We sincerely welcome the public to the exhibition to learn about the beauty of traditional naming culture during the summer vacation.