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Nantou Bunun Tribe – Sound of Lona
Time: 0900-0915, Saturday, 6 December 2008
Place: International Conference Hall, Building for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica
Target Audience: Invited Only



Lona tribe belongs to the Bunun people, one of Taiwan’s thirteen indigenous ethnic groups. For a long time, the ancestors of Lona tribe lived in the Central Mountains, near the head-waters of Zhoushuixi River.
During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, in order to manage and control the whole tribe, the Japanese government forced the Lona tribe to leave their homeland and move to the present village—Lona village in Nantou Shin-Yi rural area. There are approximately 530 households in the entire tribe with a population of about 1,200. Of the residents, 70% are aboriginals, 25% Han, and 5% Hakka. Villagers with different ethnic origins and religions live together in unity. The whole village farms for a living and grows highly profitable crops such as flowers, vegetables, fruits and teas.

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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Time: 1600-1730, Saturday, 6 December 2008
Place: Center of Academic Activities, Academia Sinica
Target Audience: Invited Only




According to legend, Cloud Gate is the name of the oldest known dance in China, a ritual dance 5,000 years old. In 1973, choreographer Lin Hwai-min adopted this classical name for the first contemporary dance company in any Chinese speaking community: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Cloud Gate’s rich repertoire has roots in Asian myths, folklore, and aesthetics, but it brings to these age-old beliefs and stories a contemporary and universal perspective.

In 1999, Lin Hwai-min founded Cloud Gate 2 to foster young choreographers and develop education and outreach programs through its performances, workshops, lecture-demonstrations and residency projects on campuses and grass-root communities in Taiwan.

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