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Austronesian Diplomacy Hard at Work! Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Center and Belau National Museum Signs Cultural Cooperation Agreement

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        The Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Center (IPCDC) of Council ofIndigenous Peoples signed the cultural cooperation agreement with BelauNational Museum in the Republic of Palau today, the same time as the TaiwanIndigenous Peoples Craft and Culture Special Exhibition is being held at theBelau National Museum. The agreement is signed by Tseng Chih-Yung, Director Generalof IPCDC, and Olympia E. Morei-Remengesau, Director/Curator of the Museum, and bearingwitnesses are Minister Icyang‧Parod of CIP and Minister Baklai Temengil-Chilton of the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs. After the signingceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan arrived to participate in theopening ceremony for the special exhibition.

        CIP mentioned that the bilateral MOU signedin 2010 kicked off many museum exchanges and events, including assisting therevitalization of the long-lost traditional cultures of clay art and taro inPalau. This cooperation agreement picks up from the substance of cooperation inthe MOU and the results of past bilateral exchanges, and further continues thefacilitation of cultural exchanges and museum research and developments,exchanges and mutual visits of indigenous cultural performers are also includedto learn and preserve together the traditional music and dance cultures.

        Minister Icyang further pointed out that theTaiwan indigenous peoples and the people of Palau are both of the Austronesianfamily, sharing great similarities inlanguages and cultures and have experienced frequent exchanges and great friendshipin the past. When he first took position as minster of CIP in 2008, BelauNational Museum dedicated an area to the exhibition on Taiwan indigenouspeoples for tourists visiting Palau from every corner in the world to see. Now,after almost 11 years, in addition to signing the cultural cooperationagreement, CIP took this opportunity to update the entire Taiwan exhibitionarea to better present the rich and diverse cultures of the Taiwan indigenouspeoples to travelers around the world.

        The theme of this exhibition is the Taiwan IndigenousPeoples Craft and Culture, introducing traditional crafts such as indigenousweaving, carving and clay pots. Along with the artifact collections of the 16tribes, the depth and extensiveness of the cultures are demonstrated whiledrawing connection to the traditional clay pots and marine culture local toPalau. President Tsai Ing-wen also made time during herstate visit to Palau to participate in the opening ceremony and tour at themuseum. The opening ceremony began with blessings from the local elders in Palauand ended with a smoke signal lit following the traditional ritual of thePaiwan people from Taiwan, announcing the official opening of the Taiwanexhibition area.

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