族群源起

Taiwan is a beautiful island in Pacific Ocean. A lot of tribes live on the island, in which there are 250,000 aboriginal people, account for 2% of the total population. Now the aboriginal tribes recognized by Taiwan Government are Amis, Atayal, Paiwan, Bunun, Puyuma, Rukai, Tsou, Saisiyat, Yami, Thao, Kavalan, Toroko, and Sakizaya and Seediq. Each has its own culture, language, customs, and social structure. To Taiwan, aboriginal tribes are important roots of history and culture, as well as the unique treasure.

Atayal: Atayal distributes in the mountain areas of central and northern Taiwan, including the northern area from Puli to Hualian.

Atayal distributes in the mountain areas of central and northern Taiwan, including the northern area from Puli to Hualian. The population is about 81,848 people (as to April 2011). The traditional live of Atayal tribe was hunting and burn agriculture. The weaving techniques are well-developed that the patterns are complicated and delicate. Red symbolizes blood, energetic, and avoids evil. They love red apparels.
The social organization focuses on ancestor spirit ritual, which is the most important ceremony. The dancing and singing activities feature Jew's harp and Jew's harp dance.

(Source: Council of Indigenous People, Executive Yuan)