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The Council of Indigenous Peoples Led a Delegation to the Republic of Marshall Islands to Promote Indigenous Cultures

  • 更新時間:2019/10/09 10:03:26

The Council of Indigenous Peoples held a flag-granting ceremony for a delegation to the Republic of the Marshall Islands today (September 23, 2019). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Marshall Islands in Taiwan jointly attended the ceremony. Chairman Icyang Parod personally awarded the flag of the Council to the Head and Vice-Chairman Calivat‧Gadu, and wished the delegates a successful cultural exchange during their visit. At the ceremony, the members also rehearsed the traditional music and dance of the Indigenous Peoples to be performed in the Republic of Marshall Islands to show the beauty of the traditional culture of our Indigenous Peoples.

The reason for the mission was that the Chairman Icyang of the Council and Minister Amenta Matthew of the Ministry of Culture and Interior of the Republic of Marshall Islands signed the Agreement on Cooperation in National and Cultural Affairs of Austronesian on behalf of the two governments on January 3, 2019 respectively. Chairman Icyang said that this was the first bilateral cooperation agreement signed with Pacific friendly nation since the founding of the Council. On that day, Minister Amenta invited the Aboriginal Committee to participate in the annual Manit Day held in September of each year in the Republic of the Marshall Islands and to celebrate it together. For this purpose, the Council specially selected the indigenous music and dance Troupe “Dulan Art Trope” to represent the Republic of Marshall Islands for traditional cultural exchanges such as music, dance, education and handicrafts.

The Chairman of the Council, Icyang, said that “Dulan Art Trope” was founded in 2009 by a group of friends from the Dulan Tribe in Taitung. With the mission of cultural inheritance, the members of the delegation should help each other and carry forward the traditional rituals of the tribe “kilomaan”, so as to make the expatriates understand the true meaning of the sacrifices. With the Ami traditional song and dance as the main part, combining with the traditional song and dance, its cultural blueprint had extended to the mainstream society. In addition, it had participated in the opening ceremony of the Taipei Deaflympics and won the first prize in the traditional dance competition of the National Indigenous Games. The members learned that they were honored and excited to be invited to communicate with the Republic of Marshall Islands.

The delegation would travel to the Republic of Marshall Islands from September 24 to October 1, 2019. Chairman Icyang said that this would be the first time that the Council had exchanged the essence of the traditional sacrifices between the two countries after the signing of the cooperation agreement, and would visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Great Chieftain’s Court, the Ministry of Culture and the Interior of the Republic of Marshall Islands.Through Manit Day, the delegation participated in local school teams, traditional groups and local community dance performances, traditional canoeing competitions, basket weaving and coconut shell peeling competitions. In addition, the delegation visited the arts and crafts fair and visited local handicrafts, so that members of the delegation could have an in-depth understanding of the living habits of the Indigenous Peoples in the Republic of Marshall Islands. We hoped that through this exchange and cooperation, we would demonstrate the beautiful cultural characteristics of the people and promote the preservation and development of the culture of the Austronesian.

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