Department of Mass Communication, Hsuan Chuang University
Ju-Ting Hsu(Department of Mass Communication, Hsuan Chuang University)
Taiwanese aboriginal women living in their multiple-identity of the “ethnic” and “gender” have been long overlooked and generally forgotten by our society. Aboriginal women engaged in artistic creation, regardless of their numbers and the level of their activity, have been represented far less than the male artist. Their artistic creation has always been understood as a part of everyday life, being classified as “craft” in a derogatory way. There are only a few mentions of aboriginal women in Taiwan’s art history. Therefore, this research looks forward to probing into Taiwanese aboriginal women’s art as its theme, exploring how their artistic expression manifests their life experiences, life stories, and tribal identity. The historical context and relevant existing literature of Taiwanese aboriginal women’s art will be reviewed. It will be shown that through their art they express their life stories, and that this expression also serves as narrative therapy. They also transmit the consciousness of their tribal identity through the use of totems and symbols. Regarding research methods, the research will employ textual analysis, and in-depth interviews with Taiwanese aboriginal women artists. It will try to analyze aboriginal women’s art and their life experiences, showing aboriginal women’s art creation as part of their gender awareness, memory, and cultural identity even as they are separated from their traditional tribal life and forced to migrate. Finally, this project will be an interdisciplinary, cross-cutting one, combining issues of indigenous peoples and women/gender, and art and cultural identity-oriented research. The most important goal is to outline a complete picture of Taiwanese aboriginal women’s art.
women's art, visual art, Taiwanese aborigines, ethnic, identity, women