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The French Polynesia Delegation Paid Its First Visit to the Council of Indigenous Peoples

  • 更新時間:2019/11/22 10:25:32

Thirty six members of the Tahiti Chinese Association, a French Polynesian delegation, visited the Council of Indigenous Peoples today (21) afternoon, which was received by Alang‧Manglavan, the Secretary General of the Council. The delegation presented Tahiti traditional music and dance, emphasizing the importance of language and culture inheritance. The Council also highlighted the links between the Indigenous Peoples and Austronesian Peoples in Taiwan as well as the achievements of cultural exchanges in recent years. The atmosphere of the talks was harmonious. The Council said that in recent years, folk groups in Taimari Township of Taitung County had been actively promoting cultural exchanges of Austronesian. The Council was invited to Tahiti, Moorea and other islands of French Polynesia to share the traditional Paiwan culture of djemul jat, tsukes carving technology, music and dance culture, etc. This time, Lalauran Cultural Development Association would arrange a return visit to Taiwan by Tahiti Chinese Association from October 19th to November 7th. The Association would visit indigenous tribes and schools in Pingtung, Hualien and Taitung, and participate in various dance and music performances. It was hoped to introduce Tahiti traditional language and dance culture, thereby establishing a relationship with Taiwan Indigenous Peoples through the tour.

In a speech, Secretary General Alang of the Council said that after President Tsai, Ing-Wen took office; Taiwan vigorously promoted cultural diplomacy in the Austronesia. On August 1st last year, the permanent organization of the Austronesian Forum was officially launched. At present, there were 13 full members and 1 observer. This year’s executive committee meeting was also held on the 30th of last month. We hoped that French Polynesia could join the Forum to become a member in the future. In addition, Secretary General Alang further pointed out that Taiwan, the United States and Japan co-organized the “GCTF 2019 Austronesian Rejuvenation International Forum” last month. During the meeting, relevant scholars and experts again pointed out that Taiwan was the origin of the Austronesian language family from the perspectives of Linguistics, Ethnobotany and Genetics. Therefore, on the basis of cultural affinity, the Council would work with its members to steadily promote the development of the region through the Austronesian Forum, and encourage the civil organizations to jointly promote the cultural exchange of Austronesia.

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