Hualien Aboriginal Harvest
To celebrate the rice harvest and to give thanks to
ancestral spirits, indigenous Taiwanese in the Hualien
area gather together in a joint celebration every
July to kick off individual harvest festivals. Including
visitors, more than 400,000 people take part in the
Today my Austrian friend Chris and I have come to
the rehearsal of one of the dance troupes performing
in the festival.
This is Sachan, an Amis woman who lives nearby and
on most days runs a breakfast joint. During the festival,
she is dancer extraordinaire and today, she’s our
instructor as well.
The Amis is the largest group of indigenous Taiwanese.
There are about 190,000 of them and most live in Hualien.
If you want to make some Amis friends and have a ton
of fun, the harvest festival in July may be your best
The key is to unleash your passion, that’s all there
is to aboriginal dances. Bring out your energy and
passion, hold hands and dance with us.
Chris, I had a lot of fun. I didn’t think I would
be able to dance but it wasn’t as hard as I thought.
Really? I think it was a hell of a lot harder than
I thought. Maybe it’s just me but it’s totally different
from dancing at a night club.
The food here is really, really good. We were at the
night market and checked out some local food stands
and was really tasty. We had some BBQ sticks and also
had some teas. It’s definitely worth checking out
when you come to Hualien.