The exhibition will focus on the tradition faith, society structure, and gender-based division of labor of the Amis culture, as well as highlighting the ethnic group’s wine-making and wine-drinking culture.
Commissioner Bakan Pawan of IPC remarked that the passing-down of winemaking traditions of various indigenous cultures have weakened with the passing of time. In the past, alcohol plays an important role in various tribal activities such as worship, marriage, childbirth, and celebration of successful hunts. While the majority of indigenous wine uses either millet or sweet rice as ingredients, the specific wine-making process varies among ethnic groups and is regarded as sacred. The most important thing is that the finished products must be shared among members of the tribe.
The exhibition’s curator Sumi Dongi pointed out that for the Amis, wine made from sweet rice is traditionally called ‘elders’ wine’. It is used for worshiping heaven and paying respect to the village elders. Since wines are only produced during major festivals by the village’s women, the beverage is rare and invaluable. Hopefully, the exhibition will allow visitors to understand the preciousness of traditional culture and skills.
The “2021 The Place We Meet Episode 3: Winemaking Customs” exhibition will take place between November 19 and March 31, 2022. Visitors should wear face mask, maintain social distance, and practice relevant pandemic prevention measures when visiting the center. For more information, please call the center (TEL:02-2898-6500) or browse its Chinese fan page on Facebook [Link].