Taiwan's indigenous music

  • 27 March, 2021

Taiwan’s indigenous peoples are famous for their gifts of song and dance. But fewer people outside their communities are quite as familiar with their traditions of instrumental music. As my guest today tells me, this is often quieter and more introspective music. It’s often intimate, not meant for grand public performances, but just for one or two listeners. The typical instruments from a range of indigenous groups are now on display in an exhibit at the Cahamu Museum, a museum of indigenous culture in the southern city of Tainan. Here to take us on a tour of the collection and teach us a bit about Taiwanese indigenous music is the museum’s Mukuwi Aniw.