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Taipei Weekend Child Care Program for Indigenous Peoples-A Family-oriented Visit to Shunyi Museum of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples

    The Taipei Indigenous Peoples Council (IPC) has been offering the weekend child care program for indigenous residents since 2016 in the hopes of saving endangered indigenous languages and providing opportunities for indigenous children to learn native languages, history and culture. This year’s program has been delayed until September due to the COVID pandemic. However, as a result of recent moderating pandemic, the first family-oriented outing was offered on September 25, 2021, which was precious opportunity for a family get-together while learning indigenous culture at a cultural venue.  

    Families were invited to pay a visit to Shunyi Museum of Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples. Parents and children were able to benefit from guided tours, in which they were exposed to precious archives and photos taking them back in time to the ancient lives of indigenous ancestors. In addition, our little visitors were given the chance to view legendary animation videos related to the Tsou people. Through the lens of 3-D stereo glasses, they took a vivid virtual tour of the wonder of nature and wildlife. 

    Also included in the event was a DIY workshop that will certainly remain in the children’s memories. They were exposed to the Deinagkistrodon deity belief of the Paiwan people and the face tattoo culture of the Atayal people through fun painting and paper-folding experience. The little visitors came to understand the cultural significance in the guided tour with a film and workshop.    

    Due to the pandemic, the event did not allow a physical trip to the villages. However, the IPC still hoped to infuse these children with what the storybooks tell them beyond textbooks. They were encouraged to learn languages and culture, which should be ingrained in their education from childhood. With their involvement in the program, they will be able to pass on their culture and languages from one generation to the next.