Taiwan has a long history that predates even the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century. For centuries, the 14 original tribes of the island called Taiwan home and developed rich and diverse cultures separate from any outside influence.
In an ever-increasing world, members of these indigenous groups are returning to their roots in order to share with visitors their cultures not just to educate, but as a way of preserving their traditions. Around Taiwan visitors can engage by taking a day long survival class in the woods with the Amis, go on a river rafting adventure with the Paiwan and partake in an afternoon feast deep in the jungle with the Bunun people.
For a comprehensive look at the history of these remarkable cultures, be sure to stop by the Museum of Prehistory in Taitung, where state-of–the-art techniques have been used to bring to life these original inhabitants of the island.
AFAR Ambassador Matt Long traveled to Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.