Performed by: Taiwan Kaoshiung Indigenous Zu-Yun Cultural Music and Dance Group, Taiwan Visitors Association Choreographer: Wang Choon Yu Presented by: Taiwan Visitors Association
People from the Yami Tribe lives and works in Taiwan’s Tai Tung’s Orchid Island (Lanyu) as they have for centuries, depending on the sea for the livelihood. Their intimate connection with the Pacific is reflected in their culture. The men, for example, often wear narrow loin clothes when fishing or hunting, and navigate the waters in traditionally decorated canoes. Their subterranean homes offer natural, effective protection against typhoons and the intense summer heat. The launching of new boats or the commencement of the flying fish seasons are preceded by elaborate traditional ceremonies. When the men goes to the sea to fish, the women use their long hair to dance out their hope and blessings, imploring that the sea will be calm and the men will be able to return home with a full load and also with a safe homing mood.
They wore frailly, guys in masculine T-shaped trousers, and the female uses the line of the cloth to put together a costume. Their simple attire expresses their intimate relationships with the sea; they are often regarded as sons of the sea. The splice boats that will be presented during the parade will showcase the Yami clansman’s usual tools. The drums, the snow bells and the wooden bat combine together to form a beautiful picture of the rowdy ocean waves.
Founded in 2001, Zu-Yun Cultural Music and Dance Group has recruited numerous passionate indigenous youths to learn and practice traditional indigenous folks and dance. Throughout their every single spectacle, they wish to burst out the glamour of Taiwanese culture and spread it to all over the world. They have performed in various international festivals and events in countries like Japan, Germany, Canada, France, England and Australia etc.