Amis Indigeneity in Taiwan

Alsford, Niki Joseph paul orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1939-4313 (2024) Amis Indigeneity in Taiwan. Anthropology Today, 40 (3). p. 22. ISSN 0268-540X

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This comment explores the cultural heritage and challenges of the Amis, Taiwan's largest recognized Indigenous group. Drawing on Povinelli's ‘The Cunning of Recognition,’ it argues that state recognition perpetuates power imbalances and commodifies Amis culture. It examines the Amis age-set system, its role in preserving traditional knowledge, and its challenges due to modernization. It highlights the importance of community-led initiatives like ’Etolan Style in fostering cultural expression, economic empowerment, and the revitalization of Amis heritage in a post-colonial world.

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