Education ministry unveils audio picture books on indigenous culture

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Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) “Go Go Giwas,” a collection of audio picture books that teaches elementary students about the culture and science of Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples in 16 indigenous languages, was unveiled by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday.

The books are the product of a 10-year MOE project executed by the Indigenous Peoples Science Development Center of National Tsing Hua University as part of Taiwan’s K-12 school curriculum.

According to Fu Li-yu (傅麗玉), director of the center, “Go Go Giwas” not only introduces indigenous culture and science to readers, its audio content is also available in 16 indigenous languages, English, or Chinese, for students from different backgrounds.

“Indigenous peoples are natural scientists,” Fu said, as they developed scientific knowledge by observing nature.

For example, the Atayal tribe developed a curved plate to store produce, which is placed on top of a stick to prevent mice and snakes from climbing up and stealing food but also without harming them.

The Bunun tribe developed their own astronomy and the Tao tribe has its own traditional lunar calendar, she added.

This reflects their life philosophy of living harmoniously with nature, Fu said.

(By Hsu Chih-Wei and intern Meryl Kao)

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