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National Taiwan Museum finds lone remnant of Mona Rudao

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan Museum (NTM, 國立台灣博物館) announced yesterday that they will display the only remnant of Mona Rudao (莫那魯道) on Friday, Dec.27 at Ketagalan Culture Center (凱達格蘭館) which they occasionally found when they arranged the information of the account books recently.

Wu Bai-lu (吳佰祿), a researcher in NTM, found a trading record which shows that the shell-beaded anklet in the museum's collections is actually belonged to Mona Rudao, the chieftain of Mehebu (馬赫坡社) and the leader of the Wushe Incident (霧社事件).

This record was written in Japanese so it did not be uncovered before. Li Tzu-ning (李子寧), the leader of the research team, said that this anklet is a symbol of social status which can only be worn by tribesmen who beheaded others over two times.

As the movie “Seediq Bale (賽德克巴萊)” describes that Mona Rudao did not left anything behind after his failure in fighting against the Japanese army and committed suicide. Therefore, this anklet that owned by the NTM maybe the only remnant of Mona Rudao, according to the NTM.

Besides this precious cultural goods, the NTM will also display 15 other exhibitors of the indigenous culture in the upcoming exhibition.

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