Xu Kevin, a typical tribal youth. When he was young, as his parents wished, he left the tribe and went to a big city to study and go to graduate school. All is far from the tribe and homeland that gave birth to him. But he did not lose his curiosity about the tribe. When he joined the Aboriginal National Committee "Bunun Eastern Group Tribal School" as a teaching assistant, the fire of returning home was ignited. He decided to break the path of "leaving" and looked back to where he started. And he not only went back by himself, he also wanted to invite more young people to go back to their hometowns and find out "how for young people to survive in the tribe". Back home, lit the fire on the stove, and "eat a pot of rice together".
Rediscover the lost Bunun culture and pride This "fire that burns the stove" begins with the loss of the Bunun ritual culture. In the Bunun culture, "eating the same pot of rice" (Bunun: tastu baning) is not just "eating", it is a process of social recognition. The Bunun elders believe that when they share a pot of rice, the original strangers can become good friends, family members, and work together on anything. For the Bunun, "rituals" are an important form of linking wedding photo retouching services families and tribes. In addition to the well-known "Ear Shooting Festival", it also includes a series of annual farming rituals, including: Reclamation Festival, Sowing Festival, Weeding Festival, Harvest Festival and Entering the Warehouse. The elders of the Bunun have always believed: "Wherever the family goes, the millet will also go." The ritual of millet is a process of giving thanks to the earth,
and it is through various rituals that the Bunun inherit the cultural outlook on life and the universe, and teach future generations. The descendants are grateful to the earth, respect life, and value the family. But with social and cultural changes, "a lot of ritual culture has been lost," Xu Kaiwen said. In the past, both the Chinese and the Japanese did not understand and respect the culture of the aboriginal peoples, and many elders gradually stopped speaking their ethnic languages and abandoned rituals in the eyes of constant discrimination. In order to survive, and to free the next generation from the oppressed and hard environment, "staying away from the tribe" has become an inevitable choice.