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CIP Expresses Condolence for the passing Away of Cheng Hao-Mei, the National Talent of Facial Tattooing

  • 更新時間:2017/02/07 16:28:48

The national talent of facial tattooing of Seediq people, Cheng Hao-Mei passed away on 19 o’clock of yesterday (17th) at the age of 96. The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) expresses condolence to Cheng’s family members.

CIP noted that a few days ago the chairman of the council, IcyangParod particularly assigned the Seediq committee member TuhsiHaitai to Chuohsi Township of Lienhua County delivering consolation money and to pray for Zheng to recover soon after it was informed that Zheng was in hospital due to illness. The bad news came yesterday. The chairman of CIP, IcyangParod expressed, “A national talent of facial tattooing passed away, it does not only means the family lost their loved one, but also a great loss for preserving the traditional culture of tattooed face for the indigenous peoples.”     

 

CIP and the Ministry of Culture have reached a consensus since 2015 to mutually facilitate the preservation of facial tattooing tradition and its maintenance measures. In January of 2017, CIP issued the Project of 2017 Facial Tattooing Traditional Knowledge Preservation, hoping to enhance the cultural heritage preservation of traditional knowledge for its inheritance through promoting the knowledge and providing household, transportation and meal delivery service for elders with tattooed face.

  

CIP noted that, for Atayal, Truku and Seediq, facial tattooing is a significant symbol of traditional culture with traditional, cultural and typical characteristics. After Zheng passed away, there are only 4 elders with tattooed face left and all of them are more than 95 years old. The government takes active responsibility to preserve and maintain this culture, thus displaying and conveying to the people the tattooed face traditional culture and the importance of maintaining the core value of ethnic groups.

 

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