Original Waves

Who were the first inhabitants of Taiwan? Many people are surprised to learn that Taiwan's indigenous people are Austronesian, which means they are very different from the ethnic Chinese who make up the vast majority of the country's population. That connects them both ethnically and linguistically with indigenous people from Hawaii, New Zealand, the Philippines and even places as far away as Madagascar.

Today, the indigenous people of Taiwan account for less than 2% of the population, but they are vital part of the rich culture of Taiwan. In Original Waves, we'll be introducing the 14 tribes of officially recognized aborigines, and sharing their legends, customs, music and other cultural characteristics