Invasive crazy ants threaten ecology, traditional customs on Orchid Island

Ecologists are warning that yellow crazy ants (Anoplolepis gracilipes) have been found to be already established on Orchid Island, threatening a local species of land crab, and cultural workers say it could also affect important traditional customs of the indigenous Tao people. Professor Lin Chung-chi, an ecologist from the biology department at National Changhua Normal University recently led a team of students and researchers to the island, and found that the crazy ants are already established on the island. The

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Bunun warriors fire 25-gun salute to fallen ancestors on April 25

Members of the Bunun ethnic indigenous people in Zhuoxi Township, Hualien County fired a 25-gun salute at the opening of an annual ceremony, linking generations from the past, to the present, and into the future today, April 25. The 25 shots fired from the hunter’s guns represented 23 Bunun men who were executed in the Dafen Incident, in 1915, when Japanese authorities attempted to confiscate the hunting rifles that the tribe were dependent on to survive; and two men who

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Austronesian youth from 9 nations will join Taiwanese indigenous people at this years National Indigenous Games

Twenty-one people from nine Austronesian nations will compete in traditional sports events with local indigenous athletes at this year’s biennial National Indigenous Games, which kick off tomorrow, March 19, in Yilan County. It is the first time international athletes have participated in traditional Austronesian sports events that will run alongside the official national athletic competitions. Austronesian Youth United will hold three traditional sports competitions, including traditional archery, wood-sawing, and weight carrying. Countries represented in the games include the Marshall Islands,

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Native pigs return to Orchid Island after 40-year captive breeding program

The Council of Agriculture (COA) delivered 28 pure-bred miniature pigs native to Orchid Island back to their homeland after a 40-year captive breeding program designed to protect the species. The pygmy pigs arrived by boat at the Kaiyuan Harbor on January 15, according to United Daily News. The 10 boars and 18 sows were welcomed home by members of the indigenous Yami people. Shi La-heng, head of Langdao Village said that the pigs will be raised and bred in captivity

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Councilor Requests Changes to Accommodate Orchid Island Burial Customs

[Picture: T Di Genova, The Wild East Magazine] A Taitung County Councilor has requested the District Prosecutor allow procedures, required by law to determine the cause of accidental death, be carried out by the local health clinic, and local police on Orchid Island. The change would better accommodate the traditional Yami custom of burying the deceased before sunset on the day of death. Current procedures require that officials of the District Prosecutor’s Office have to travel to the island to

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White Wolf: Taiwan Aborigines are Chinese, and Confucian

Chang An-lo, also known as the “White Wolf,” declared that Taiwan’s indigenous people are actually Chinese at an Amis “harvest festival” organised by the Chinese Unity Promotion Party in Hualian yesterday, September 9. The event was styled as “The Chinese Unity Year of Confucius 2568 Bumper Harvest Festival”. Making a speech as host of the event, the erudite gangster-turned-politician declared, “Everyone is Chinese; aboriginal people are Chinese.” Wearing a costume that resembled a traditional Chinese-style robe but with Amis aboriginal

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Aboriginal Hunting Rights Protected Under Wildlife Conservation Law

The right of aboriginal people to hunt for personal, non-profit use has been upheld with provisions made in the Wildlife Conservation Act, it was announced at a press conference at noon today. The press conference was held jointly by the Council of Indigenous Peoples and the Council of Agriculture. It was explained that under Article 21 of the Wildlife Conservation Act, indigenous people are legally able to hunt for personal use in aboriginal areas. The provisions were made to uphold

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Legislator Calls for Maori Exchanges

[Picture: Liberty Times Network] Democratic Progressive Party legislator Chen Ying today requested the Ministry of Health and Welfare help establish a project group to make a record of Maori medicinal herbs. Chen said there should be more exchanges on health with the New Zealand indigenous people. Chen told the Social Welfare and Environmental Hygiene Committee that the ancestors of the Maori people had migrated to New Zealand more than 700 years ago from a place called Waikiki, and that Waikiki

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Aboriginal Hunter in Intensive Care Despite Flu Vaccination

Photo:台灣醒報 Tama Talum (Chinese name: Wang Guanglu 王光祿), has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Taitung Mackay Memorial Hospital after suffering flu symptoms and breathing difficulties. Health bureau officials say the symptoms are not related to a flu vaccine shot he received a few days ago. Tama Talum is well known among defenders of aboriginal hunting rights. In 2015, the 56 year-old member of the Bunun aboriginal tribe was charged with possession of an illegal firearm, and poaching

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