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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 5:20 am 

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The Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology is preparing an exhibition dedicated to the YAMI TAO Ocean (WaWa). The Yami people is an aboriginal group living on Orchids Island (Lanyu in Chinese), a small island located in the Pacific Ocean close to Taiwan. The Yami have the only oceanic culture among the Taiwan aborigines. They are well known for their boat building tradition, but also for their extraordinary silver helmets and fish skin body armors.
Period: From January 1st to September 5th, 2010.
A total of 90 pieces are displayed : 13 pieces borrowed from the National Museum of Natural Science, 14 pieces borrowed from the National Taiwan Museum, 20 pieces borrowed from the Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, 7 pieces from the Shisanhang Museum, and 35 pieces borrowed from the Yang-Grevot Collections (which I'm curating).
Some infos on the Shisanhang Museum of Archaeology :
'Located near the mouth of the Danshui River in Bali Township, the Shisanhang archaeological site dates back some 500 to 1800 years to Taiwan's prehistoric time. The ancient dwellers are believed to be the ancestors of the Ketegalan people of the Pingpu aboriginal tribe. The evidence gathered from the ruins indicates that the Shisanhang dwellers had the know-how of metal making. The discovered silver, copperware, gold jewelry, and coins indicate that trade and economic activities had taken place back then.
In 1998, the Shisanhang Museum was erected at the archaeological site, showcasing the prehistoric relics to visitors. The Bridge of Time allows visitors to travel through time into Shisanhang's culture.
The award-winning architecture adopts an archaeological theme and reflects the voyage of the early travelers from the mainland to Taiwan. Situated at the foot of Guanyin Mountain and facing Danshui River, the Shisanhang Museum affords a beautiful view from a great vantage point.
In addition to visiting the museum, one can also visit the mangrove conservation area nearby, go for a bike ride along the river, and take the Blue Highway Ferry.
Tel +886-2-2619-1313
Address No.200, Bowuguan Rd., Bali Township, Taipei County
Take Prov. Highway 15 to Bali. There are clear roadsigns to the museum, and there is plenty of parking space.
Take the THSR to Taipei Station, transfer to the bus. TaipeiStation Tourist Attractions
MRT & Bus:
1. From Guandu MRT Station, take the Red 13 bus.
2. From Danshui MRT Station, take the ferry across the river, then take the Red 13 bus.
3. From Danshui MRT Station, take the ferry across the river, then ride a bicycle.

 Post subject: Great exhibition!
PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:29 am 

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Hey there Nicholas!
Spent an enjoyable day up in Bali/Danshui and took in the excellent Yami exhibition. Perhaps the only omission was a Yami silver helmet but beautifully lit and with great text. Having recently spent a week on Lanyu island (Yami: Pong So No Tao) staying with the wonderful couple Li Ge and Li Sao in Yeyin. A treasure trove of information on both weaving - Li Sao is an incredible weaver - and Yami tradition it was a fascinating experience. Searching for plants traditionally used in dyeing involved hiking up both to Tienchi lake (formed inside a volcanic crater) and with no joy hiking further into Dashen Mountain where hooray one plant was found bearing fruit originally used in producing the dark indigo colour. I was particularly taken by the detail on one the pieces on exhibition which I hope is ok to attach here - if not I will edit it out.
Congratulations on your exhibition and sharing this incredible heritage with us!

File comment: Woman's wrap - detail. Yami - Wawa exhibition, Taiwan, Shisanhang Museum, 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:46 pm 

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Yes, Iain, I do agree with you that it is a pity that no silver helmet was exhibited, nor a coconut bark body armour. They were displayed on picture only. Anyway, I was happy to visit the exhibit and appreciated the good work that has been done by the organizer. I took some pictures and post them here for those interested.

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