The festival, which was first held in 2011, aims to enhance international visibility of indigenous people, advocate the nation’s indigenous culture of music and dance, and promote exchanges between Taiwanese indigenous peoples and international indigenous peoples.
“There will be trips arranged to tribal areas during the festival as a great opportunity for Taiwanese and overseas indigenous peoples to get first-hand experience of other groups’ traditional music and dance,” the council said.
In addition, the council is to hold a Guinness World Record attempt on the first day of the festival at the Taoyuan County Arts Facilities Management Center to create the “largest Malikuda dance” — a traditional Amis tribal dance.
In Taiwan, Indigenous Peoples Day is observed on Aug. 1 of each year because it was on Aug. 1, 1994, that the Constitution was amended to change a derogatory name for Aborigines, “mountain compatriots,” to “indigenous people.”
The festival commemorates those who had dedicated their lives to fight for Aboriginal rights, Council of Indigenous Peoples minister Lin Chiang-yi (林江義) said.