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Statement of the Council of the Indigenous Peoples Concerning Criticism on Inconsistency of Performance Attire and Tribal Dance by Delegation in Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 Press Release

  • 更新時間:2016/07/19 10:28:14

About the incident involving Naluwan Songs and Dances Group affiliated to YWCA of Pingtung County, delegated by Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Center, of received criticism on wearing traditional outfit of different tribe while performing songs and dances of Chimei Tribe in Hualien during the event of “Festival of Pacific Arts 2016”. To such inconvenience, we show our utmost regret, and wish such incident will not occur in the future. Also, our Council as well as Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Center hereby release this piece of news for clarification as follows:

I.             The delegation performing songs and dances in the Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 performed the Taitung Amis Songs and Dances at the Guam Museum 4:30 p.m. on Jun. 1, 2016 in accordance with the hosting Committee’s arrangement. After the formal performance, they accepted a sudden invitation to the non-official cultural exchange activity at the port where traditional canoes are moored. Such occasion is the spontaneous performance occasion with aims of exchange by participant countries whose meals are carried over.

II.           According to the delegates, during the presence, the delegation responded to the songs and dances exchange invitations from other Austronesian tribes and thus invited to go on stage for performances without any advanced plans and arrangements. Under the circumstances that delegation was unable to change their outfit, they were forced to improvise a Taitung Amis Tribe Songs and Dances performance in the traditional outfit worn for performance of the day. Due to lively reactions and feedbacks from audiences along with encores, they made an extra performance on Chimei Tribe traditional songs and dances.

III.         Despite the fact that Chimei Dance was performed on a non-official occasion and gained praises from audiences, Taiwan’s Songs and Dances Group shall beware of correct outfit attired at performance. Upon performance of “Naluwan Songs and Dances Group” by delegated organization in domestic or overseas international performance involving songs and dances exchange, we shall take this incident as warning, and will perform songs and dances of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples with prudence to avoid misleading and obscurity.

In the past, among the tribes and clans, songs and dances performance or outfits were frequently referred and adopted. To avoid such inconvenience from taking place, our council will have tribes conduct more cultural exchange and conversations as well as respect rights of tribe’s performing one another’s features under principles of maintaining all due respect to indigenous people’s intellectual rights over traditional characters.

Indigenous Peoples Cultural Development Center, Council of the Indigenous Peoples

Contact: WEN GAO-I, CHEN ZHE-YU
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