Department of Indigenous Cultures

Department of Indigenous Cultures

History and course orientation

The department, a part of the College of Indigenous Studies, was founded in August 2001. Its establishment is based on the ideal of multiculturalism, with a view to the promotion of indigenous cultures. It offers a wide range of courses related to cultural studies with a particular focus on the histories and cultures of varied indigenous tribes of Taiwan. Apart from education, it emphasizes research, and hopes to rescue indigenous cultures on the brink of extinction.

Course training aims to provide students a basic knowledge of humanity studies and anthropological theories. In addition, the department designs a number of courses to acquaint students with the economic development of Taiwanese indigenes, indigenous culture and tourism, and indigenous cultural performance.

During the first two years, students are required to take courses with an emphasis on basic training in cultural studies, ethnic relations and arts. They provide a foundation and continuity for the courses that follow the last two years of study, consisting of two orientations, research and professional education. Students may choose courses focusing on either of these two directions. The courses are grouped under the following categories: education of multiculturalism, general cultural studies, indigenous cultural and historical studies, indigenous cultural performance, indigenous administration, indigenous community development, management of indigenous museums, and indigenous welfare. Each topic includes five to ten courses. Through the training, students are capable to undertake jobs after graduation in the fields of editing, publishing, administration, and cultural studies, especially relating to the aborigines. They also have the option of continuing their education in related disciplines in Taiwan or abroad.


Students are required to take a total of 130 credits. This includes 33 credits of compulsory courses of the major, 54 credits of elective courses of the major, 39 credits of general education courses, and 4 credits of physical education.

Compulsory courses of the major
Research Methods of Social Sciences/ Introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan/ Introduction to Indigenous Peoples of the World/ Introduction to Cultural Anthropology/ Introduction to Sociology/ Fieldwork: Theory and Practice/ Introduction to Arts/ Seminar in Indigenous Ethnography/ Introduction to Museum Studies/ Anthropology of Religion and Ritual

Elective courses of the major
Culture Performance of Indigenous peoples in Taiwan/ Introduction to Political Economy/ Indigenous Peoples and Tourism/ Seminar in Taiwan Indigenous History/ Introduction to Ethnomusicology/ Indigenous Religion Belief/ Myth of Indigenous Peoples/ Material Culture of the Indigenous Peoples/ Seminar in Indigenous Music in Taiwan/ Gender and Culture of Indigenous Peoples/ Introduction to Austronesian Culture/ Social Structure of Indigenous Peoples/ Culture and Ecology of Indigenous Peoples/ Seminar in Community Development/ Indigenous images/ Cultural Counseling/ Economic Anthropology/ Introduction to Anthropology of Art and Aesthetics/ Museums and Cultural Diversity/ Seminar in Ethnochoreology/ Change and Development in Indigenous Society/ Seminar in Indigenous Issues/ Guidance to Appreciation of Ethnic Arts/Introduction to Indigenous Art in Taiwan/ Introduction to Ethnic Relations/ Writing Culture/ Drawing (I) :Basic patterns and graphics/ Drawing (II) :Portraits of ethnic people/ Multiple Cultures/ Philosophy of Culture/ Study of the Amis/ Study of the Bunun/ Study of the Atayal/ Study of the Puyuma/ Study of the Paiwan/ Study of the Rukai/ Study of the Saisiyat/ Study of the Yami/ Study of the Tsou/ Study of the Thao/ Study of the Kavalan/ Literature on History of Indigenous Ethnography/ Seminar in the North-American Indian Ethnography/ Ethnochoreology/ Seminar in Indigenous Economy/ Social Psychology and Application/ Applied Social Statistics/ Social Gerontology/ Multi-Ethnic Human Service/ Program Design and Evaluation/ Museum Practice/ Museum Exhibition/ Museum Exhibition Practice
*Changes based on annual revision of course requirement

Wu Tien-Tai (Ph.D., The Ohio Stae University, USA, 1990)
Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Institute of Ethnic Relations and Culture
Director of the Department of Indigenous Cultures
cultural anthropology, anthropology of education, indigenous education, gender studies.

Wan Yuh-Yao (Ph. D. University of Oregon, USA, 1993)
Professor of Art Education
painting, aboriginal art, temple art, art education.

Fann Lih-Jiuan (Ph. D. Texas A&M University, USA, 1993)
Associate Professor of Sociology
social stratification, social gerontology, adolescents, and medical sociology.

Chao Chi-Fang (Ph. D. University of Surrey, UK, 2001)
Assistant Professor of Dance Studies
anthropology of ritual and performance, theories of dance anthropology, ethnography of ?Okinawan dance, cross-cultural performance in contemporary Taiwan.

Yang Ching-Shan (Ph. D. University College London, UK, 2002)
Assistant Professor of Museum Studies
museum studies, cultural economics, economic valuation on cultural heritage.

Lee Hung-Fu (Ph. D. University of Surrey, UK, 2001)
Assistant Professor of Dance Anthropology
Taiwanese indigenous dance, Amis studies in Taiwan, dance and ritual, movement analysis, field methodology.

Chang Wen-Chin (Ph. D. Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, 1999)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
ethnic studies, transnationalism, diaspora, Mainland Southeast Asian studies.


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