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Last updated: 15 july, 2010 - 15:57 GMT

Learning tribal languages in Taiwan

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  • City kids learn to make sticky rice cakes the traditional way
    City kids learn to make sticky rice cakes the traditional way
  • Children from Taipei learn traditional rural songs and dances
    Children from Taipei learn traditional rural songs and dances
  • The group plays Saisiyat tribal instruments strapped to their backs
    The group plays Saisiyat tribal instruments strapped to their backs
  • Traditional bamboo musical instruments
    Traditional bamboo musical instruments
  • A young child performs a traditional song
    A young child performs a traditional song
  • Older children perform together on stage
    Older children perform together on stage

For generations the indigenous peoples of Taiwan have been forced to abandon their cultures and traditions. This persecution also meant they were forbidden to speak their own languages.

Now the Taiwanese government is trying to put right the injustices of the past and is offering free classes in these threatened indigenous languages.

For Outlook, Cindy Sui travelled to a mountain village with a group of schoolchildren from the city to see how these languages and traditions are being taught.

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