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CIP Organizes Indigenous Arts Workshops to Promote ‘Epidemic Prevention Lifestyle’

  • 更新時間:2020/08/26 15:21:38

July 6, 2020—To promote indigenous handicrafts and other industries, the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) established the Aboriginal Peoples Culture Center (APC Center) as a venue for training talent in traditional indigenous skills. Courses at the center were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, but thanks to the disease control measures implemented by the government and the cooperation of the general public, the number of new COVID-19 cases has been brought to a minimum. Therefore in May, the center began accepting new course registrations once again. The first course to resume was the bamboo weaving certification program, which held its first session today.

In Taiwan’s indigenous cultures, everyday objects made of linen, bamboo strips, rattan, and shell ginger leaves such as bamboo back baskets, rattan storage bins, and shell ginger handbags are very common. As one of the most important venues for preserving and passing down indigenous heritage, the Aboriginal Peoples Culture Center (APC Center) set up the bamboo weaving certification program and hired a professional instructor to help trainees improve their weaving skills. Furthermore, trainees are encouraged to engage in discussion, think outside the box, and create innovative products with their newly acquired weaving skills. Those who successfully complete the program can apply for certification as a bamboo weaving specialist under the Ministry of Labor’s Professional Skills Certification Program.

The CIP collects feedback from trainees to help the center develop a wider range of courses that keep pace with trends in indigenous industries, and as a result, three new categories of courses in the cultural and creative industries, leisure and recreation, and agriculture were added to the curriculum. In addition to training students in technical skills through lessons taught by skilled instructors, the APC Center invites indigenous people with prosperous businesses to share their success stories with the trainees to help them master entrepreneurship and innovation.

These programs are offered to indigenous peoples free of charge. Except for travel expenses to and from the APC Center, the CIP covers all training costs, including course materials, room, and board. Course information and availability is published on the official APC Center website (https://www.apccenter.tw/) and Facebook fan page. The CIP encourages interested individuals to enroll at their earliest convenience as seats are limited. For course inquiries, call (04) 2594-2731.

The CIP would like to remind prospective trainees that a mask must be worn in order to enter the APC Center. Please have your temperature taken and sanitize your hands with the 70% ethanol alcohol provided at the entrance before entering the classroom. To protect your health and that of others, you may be refused entry if your forehead temperature exceeds 37.5 °C or if you exhibit respiratory symptoms.

Contact: Sha Yun-wen (officer)

Telephone: (02) 8995-3248