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Aborigines of Taiwan: The Puyuma: from Headhunting to the Modern World

Author:
Cauquelin, Josiane

ISBN:
978 0 415 60003 3
Format:
Paperback
Pages: List price(s):
39.95 USD
22.50 GBP

Publication date:
17 September 2010

Short description: 

A comprehensive study of the Puyuma people of Taiwan. It looks at the historical changes in the status and definition of these people in relation to the central state, the criteria by which people determine their own ethnic identity, and the evolution of that identity through history.

Full description: 

Based on extensive field research over a period of twenty years, this is the first comprehensive study of the Puyuma people of Taiwan. The Puyuma belong to the Austronesian people, which today number less than 370,000. In Taiwan, they are the least known of the aboriginal groups, numbering only 6000, and inhabiting the Southeastern province of Taitung. The study looks at the historical changes in the status and definition of these people in relation to the central state, the criteria by which people determine their own ethnic identity, and the evolution of that identity through history. The increasing awareness in the West of the importance of ethnic relations makes this an especially timely book.

Table of contents: 

Preface Introduction 1. The Puyuma 2. The Village 3. Gods and Men 4. Birth and Death 5. Family Horizons 6. Dual Organisation and Age-System 7. Shamans 8. Material Civilisation 9. The Aborigines in Taiwan Today Appendix References Index

Biography: 

Josiane Cauquelin is a Researcher at the Southeast Asia and Austronesian World Deparment, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France. She is Charge de Cours at INALCO and Collaboratrice on a Franco-Chinese project on the Zhuang people of China. Her published works include books and articles on the Aborigines of Taiwan and the Buyi and Zhuang of South China.

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