Cinsbu Field Trip (Jianshi)
On the new year’s weekend of 2021, Dr. Kuan’s course in Modernization and Social Development of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan went on their second field trip of this semester. This time brought the students to Jianshi (Cisnbu) Township in Hsinzhu County.
First stop was the Indigenous Culture Museum for a comprehensive introduction of the region learning about the geographical location of different Atayal communities in the area. Even though lacking funds for a greater museum collection, the staff and community are determined to revitalize indigenous culture and tradition to provide an educational base to visitors of this region.
After a re-energizing lunch break, the students headed over to Pagung’s Millet Garden where they learned about the culture and practices surrounding millet, a symbol of indigenous culture in Taiwan. The small tour included a ‘foot’-on experience of removing the millet from the stem. The cold afternoon at the Millet Garden ended with a hot tree bean soup and Q&A with Pagung.
The cultural trip does not end here. Upon arrival at the Ataw BNB, the students were greeted with a little Atayal ceremony at a campfire. The warm welcome was accompanied by music and cultural exchange. The final activity took place the next day. The hike along the Cinsbu Divine Trees Trail was full of breathtaking views and astonishing specimens of flora. With the guidance of indigenous locals, the students learned about different aspects indigenous life and their connection with the mountain, forest and land.