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Indigenous cultural exchange set for Taipei int'l book expo

The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP, 原住民委員會) has set up a Taiwan Indigenous Literature Pavilion at the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE, 臺北國際書展) that will be running until Feb. 16 at the Taipei World Trade Center.

The TIBE's guest of honor is New Zealand, which is also the theme for this year's book fair.

Full of Activities

The CIP has invited six New Zealand Maori authors and 37 Taiwanese authors to participate in several planned workshops and seminars.

A book release for the first indigenous language book translated into English in Taiwan is also on the events listing for the CIP's pavilion. The book collects the work of more than 49 indigenous writers in hopes that the English translation will allow English readers a glimpse into Taiwan's indigenous culture.

There will be nine author exchanges, 11 book readings, and two book releases hosted by Maori and Taiwanese authors.

Cultural Exchange

A Maori author will also be sharing information and perspectives about their visit to a Wulai tribe with the audience, which the CIP hopes will open up discussion between New Zealand's indigenous Polynesian people and Taiwan's indigenous groups.

"As Taiwan's indigenous tribes and the Maoris share several significant characteristics, the themed pavilion will also join hands with Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples to shed light on these ocean-spanning, boundary-crossing links," the TIBE said.

The pavilion will be using multimedia elements to showcase moments in indigenous literary history, maps, author biographies and quotations from authors.

Visitors looking to bring home mementos from the TIBE can also head to the Taiwan Indigenous Literature Pavilion. By checking into the pavilion on social media, visitors will be able to receive traditional handmade crafts as a gift.

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