Cultural Tour Back through Time
Formosa Aboriginal Cultural Village has the largest outdoor museum in Taiwan dedicated to displaying the traditional homes and architecture of Taiwanese nine principal aborigine tribes. The nine villages are arrayed over an expansive section of hillside to give visitors a feel of what native Taiwanese villages looked like so many years ago.
All buildings were reconstructed based on fieldwork research and blueprints drawn up by anthropologists in the 1930s and 40s. Trails through this area separate each tribal community so that visitors are able to observe clearly the differences and similarities between tribal building styles. Because the environment in which each tribe lived differed from others,
You will find associated differences in building materials
(stone, wood, bamboo) and other aspects.
Tribal Village Highlights
While exploring in the Aboriginal Village area, visitors will find a number of key attractions, including the Rock of Oponohu, the Observation Tower, Pestle Music Theatre, Indian Totems, and the Cherry Blossom Path. Don't forget your camera and come to have a good time.
Aboriginal Village Activities
The Aboriginal Village employs Taiwanese aborigines from the nine tribes to introduce their cultural heritage to visitors. Both young and old, these native Taiwanese are dedicated to putting their traditional talents on display, including sculpting, weaving, pottery making, cooking, knitting, exercising, handicrafts making, playing and dancing. Shows are ongoing and a full list of each day's events are prominently displayed throughout the park.
Formosan Aboriginal Museum boasts
Seated in the Formosan Aborigines Square adjacent to the ritual site, the Formosan Aboriginal Museum boasts a masterfully curated exhibit of Taiwanese indigenous heritage and artifacts, and the country’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Paiwan and Rukai slate house lintels.
The Museum’s systematically sectioned displays of clothing, weavings, lintels, furnishings, musical instruments, everyday items and farming tools, as well as ethnicity-specific headpieces, outfits and other woven items, besides handicrafts (made from stone, wood or bamboo), weapons and tools, offer a peek into the erstwhile lifestyle of indigenous Taiwanese, as well as the underlying wisdom and aesthetics.
A particularly noteworthy highlight is the 50-plus carved lintel pieces that once adorned Paiwan and Rukai noblemen’s estates and date back centuries, each steeped in history and symbolizing a specific clan’s superior status and spirit. Classified into five different styles: Tjuvecekadan Kalevuan (Paiwan), Kulaijuc Chalaafus, Makazayazaya Mashirits, Tjavualji and Budai Taromak (Rukai), plus the sculpted main columns of Tao homes, this lintel collection is famed as the most complete of its kind in the world!