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Introduction to the Hualien Tribal College

The Hualien Tribal College (HTC) had already been promoting the development of indigenous tribes in eastern Taiwan for eleven years. In the past, the indigenous people of Taiwan have been subjected to invasion and exploitation by various colonial governments. Due to this kind of external pressure, maintaining traditional territory, religious practices and cultural development has continually been a tremendous challenge for indigenous tribes in Taiwan. In 2006, the Association of the Promotion of Indigenous Affairs (APIA) started the HTC. Since its founding, the APIA has promoted indigenous education based on the core goals of “preserving ethical knowledge and rebuilding tribal values.” We all know how important culture is and believe that the continuation of cultural diversity contributes to the development of human society. In order to revive the essence of indigenous culture, we are engaged in promoting indigenous languages, culture, traditional knowledge and tribal industry. Through the process of conducting surveys, collecting data and understanding the findings, we are working to rebuild tribal culture. At the same time, the HTC is involved in promoting the use of tribal languages in the home, establishing kindergartens where only tribal languages are spoken, creating curriculums that emphasize culture and traditional knowledge, setting up a tribal education system and helping indigenous people to revive tribal cultural values. Through our work with language, culture, education and industry, our ultimate goal is to promote indigenous autonomy and sustainable cultural development.
Introduction to the Hualien Tribal College

The Hualien Tribal College (HTC) had already been promoting the development ...