Category Archives: Paiwan

Episode 94: Pottery

Pottery, whether in the Rukai or Paiwan, is an important symbol. The Rukai believe that their own ancestors were born in clay pots. They see clay pots, as “divine pots”. To the Paiwan, clay pots are not only where ancestral spirits reside, but they are deeply related to history, beliefs and cultures.
But how are clay pots made?Where do the material come from?Can ordinary mud and sand be made into pots?What details do they need to pay attention to?
In this episode, we visit a Paiwan pottery expert, and we learn each step of its production.Through experimentation, we also find out the different characteristics of clay and sand.


Episode 85: Carrying Objects Using the Head

Because of the terrain, indigenous peoples of the mountains move everything by hand. Therefore, the women developed the method of carrying things on their heads. Walking up and down the mountains require one to shift their body weights differently. What is the best way to walk up and down a mountain when carrying things on your head? Which way should they shift the center of gravity?

Episode 79: Swing

Episode 78: Glazed Beads

The glazed beads of Paiwan are not only beautiful, but they are full of mysterious ancient legends. How are glazed beads made? What is the best way to heat them? How does the color get there? And what wisdom of the elders are in the making process.

Episode 44: Vine Ball

Now, let’s check out another part of the Five-Year Ceremony: the vine ball. During the ceremony, the vine balls are actually soaked in water to give it weight. In this physics episode, the expert teaches us how to make these traditional vine balls and why heavier balls can actually be thrown higher.

Episode 43: Hanging Trap

We come to Lunpi Village in Yilan County. While here, a Paiwan expert teaches us about hanging traps. These simple traps are still effective because they use pulleys, levers, and frictions.

Episode 42: Ceremonial Pole

The Paiwan people have a tradition called the Five-Year Ceremony. During the highlight of the celebration, people catch high flying vine balls with 65-meter long bamboo poles. Do you want to know how to make such a bamboo pole? Here’s a hint: watch out for the law of thermodynamics!