A Glimpse at History through Objects | Where do Indigenous Sounds Come From?
Written by Kuo Po-Jiun; Illustrated by Ling Jia-Dong & Top Photo Group; Translated by Ker Nai-Yu
The Taiwan society is generally under the impression that indigenous peoples enjoy and excel at singing, but the reason indigenous peoples have such intimate relationship with music is due to the lack of a writing system in the past. Knowledge of life and messages regarding living, aging, sickness, death, clothing, food, housing, and transportation are passed on by word of mouth; each indigenous group thus developed their unique forms of sound expression and music culture. But where do these sounds come from? How have they gained attention and popularity?