2015 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  (B)個人研究助成  (B) Individual Research Grants
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An Anthropological Study about Ethnic Identity of Siraya Tribe in Taiwan: A case study centering revival of indigenous people's handicrafts through museum collections
呂  怡屏
Yiping Lu
School of Cultural and Social Studies, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


    The study focuses on the action in which Siraya tribe in Taiwan utilizes their cultural legacy preserved in museum collections to revive and pass down their culture. Through this research, it is expected to make clear the mechanism of reshaping ethnic identity by using museum collections about Siraya tribe in Taiwan.
    The research of Museum Anthropology pointed out that there are unequal power relationships involved in the collecting history of ethnographic collections. However, these ethnographic collections also become a critical symbol for each ethnic group to build their self consciousness and ethnic identity. Therefore, museum collections are recently requested to make contribution to the society which continues to develop toward a multicultural one.
    In Taiwan, two ethnic groups, classified into Siraya tribe in the past, develop their claim to be independent ethnic group in the dispute of the attribution of their embroidery works collected by museums.
    By tracing the collaboration process between the museum and Siraya people, the research aims to clarify the mechanism of reshaping ethnic identity in Siraya tribe.

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