Monthly Archives: March 2010

Episode 76: Earthquake

The “921” Earthquake is the most devestating earthquake in the last hundred years. The Sediq who live in the Nantou area also experienced a great earthquake in the past. This earthquake not only changed the landscape, but also affected the fate of the Sediq.
This episode introduces the three seismic belts: the Pacific Ring of Fire, Eurasia seismic zone, mid-ocean ridge seismic belt. Using toasts and soup to show the collisions of crustal plates, kids can better understand earthquakes and learn to protect themselves.


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Episode 75: Traditional Sediq Houses

Due to the different environments, Taiwanese indigenous peoples developed different styles of houses. Because the Sediq live high up in the mountains, its traditional housing is different than the straw huts of the Amis and the stone tablet houses of the Paiwan. The Sediq’s traditional housing employs pieces of stone tablets for its roof. They are stacked like fish scales. Using the weight of the tablets for stability, the roof can prevent rain water from seeping through, and strong wind from flipping the roof over. The walls are built using split timber. When people cook inside, the smoke can exit through the gap in the walls. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer.


Episode 74: Thatched Houses


Episode 73: Ramie

For the Sediq in the past, ramie is an important part of their lives. In a traditional village, almost every home owns a ramie garden. The Sediq women would use the ramie fiber to weave them into ropes, clothing, and blankets. How did they turn these plants into rolls of ropes? And what is the science behind the process of making these ropes?


Episode 72: Resin Lamp

Resin actually has a lot of viscosity. The Bunon people would use it as a glue when making instruments. But, where did the resin come from? In the Bunon tradition, they only take resin from trees that were wore down by animals. They do not cut open trees to get them. Resin are also used in ceremonies. It symbolizes passing down the torch. Therefore, the resin bears a special meaning for the Bunon people.
The science teacher shows us that the resin can even be used as a torch! The Bunon ancestors sure are clever!