Museums of Indigenous Art and History

You can get context for all things indigenous at the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines. Located across from the National Palace Museum, it sheds light on the histories, belief systems, and social structures of the tribes, and details the conflicts they had with the Chinese and the Japanese.

The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts is respected worldwide for its research on Austronesian art. Its fine collection of contemporary indigenous art shows how artists re-invent their heritage and infuse it with a modern sensibility. Much of the work is thought-provoking and explores what it means to be indigenous in Taiwan today. Importantly, it fosters a non-stereotypical understanding of indigenous art and life as both continue to evolve. Besides this, the museum also has a wonderful collection of non-indigenous art, with a strong representation from Taiwan’s southern counties.

The Museum of Prehistory in Taitung elucidates Taitung’s geology and prehistory with archaeological remains, and charts the course of indigenous life before the 17th century. You will walk away knowing more about your favored subject, whether it’s tribal origins, shamanic sorcery, or the indigenous rights movement.