Ketagalan Culture Center (凯达格兰文物馆) – Taiwanese Aborigines Cultural Museum
Ketagalan Culture Center (凯达格兰文物馆) aims to exhibit and promote indigenous people’s cultural arts and education.
The permanent exhibition hosts traditional life necessaries for indigenous people, musical instruments ritual artefacts and contemporary art crafts.
Ketagalan Culture Center is a place where the audience can experience the cultural beauty and learn the wisdom of indigenous people.
*The Ketagalan Culture Center is located in the Beitou Hot Springs (北投溫泉) area which is very convenient to visit during a trip to Beitou.
Clothing & Adornment Culture
To understand the relationship between Taiwan’s indigenous and the Austronesian peoples, text explanations are provided on the display board for visitors to acquire a deeper understanding of indigenous cultural development and the cultural revitalization process over recent generations.
Characteristics of each Indigenous People
The legends, social classes, status, religious beliefs of each tribe are reflected in the colours, patterns and styles of the clothing.
Each of the clothing (from a different tribe) has its own unique lining and pattern to represent certain meaning in their culture.
Aborigines Artifact Display Area
Major Cultural Artifact Display Themes
The living practices of Taiwan’s indigenous that were developed through their respect of nature is revealed through the utensils they used in daily life.
Belt (腰饰) – It’s a clothing accessory for of the Puyama tribe.
Bark Suit (树皮衣组) – Bark Suit is a feature of the Austronesian culture. The Fataan group of Amis only uses Mulberry tree bark to make suits, and suit making is the male job. To sew the suit, they use bamboo or grapefruit tree spikes as needles and banana fibre as threads.
Chief’s Hat (头目帽) – The mirror on this hat symbolises the sun.
Sash (肩带) – The sashes are worn by males and females alike. The decorations on these accessories depict wealth and status in society.
Traditional Paiwan’s Parallel Necklace (排湾族传统复串项链) – The lazurite beads only could see in the Paiwan, Rukai and Puyuma Tribes, it had a relationship in the social class. Based on the traditional rules, only the nobility can have it in the Paiwan tribe, also it symbolized the owner’s special social status and owner nobility.
Aborigines Cultural Relics Exhibition
The Tribes Cultural Relics
The preservation of cultural relics does not only cover articles that are necessary for the traditional life of the indigenous people but also covers contemporary art that has more distinguishing features and was created by artists of the indigenous peoples.
From a look at these cultural relics, we can imagine the past living of the indigenous peoples, and be amazed by the living wisdom of ancestors.
Harvest (丰收节) – This piece of art display the joy of harvest.
The Forgotten Hero (望日英雄) – The conception of this wooden sculpture was based on the Japanese invasion of Taiwanese Mudan clan in 1984. Here, the hero displays his courage and spirit of fighting the Japanese army.
The Birth (诞生) – Legend has it that the Paiwan originate from pottery pots protected by hundred pacers. Therefore for the Paiwan people, a hundred pacers symbolize their ancestors.
*The centre also hosts indigenous live dance and concert at the main entrance hall on every weekend 1 pm.
From Train (MRT) :
- Take the Red Line (2) to Beitou (北投), then change to the Xinbeitou branch (新北投).
- After arriving at Xinbeitou, walk straight out of the station and along Zhongshan Road (中山路).
- The museum will be on the left side before the Beitou Hot Spring Museum (北投溫泉博物館).
- 218, 266, 302, Mini 6, Mini 7, Mini 9, 219, 631, 632, Mini 21, Mini 14, 230, Mini 22, Mini 23, Mini 25.
Address: No. 3-1, Chungshan Road, Beitou, Taipei City.
Open Hours: 09.00 am – 05.00 pm (Tues-Sun), Monday Closed.