Taiwan indigenous

Introdution

Introdution

The hierarchy not only oversees properties and marriages, but also grants certain parameters in child naming; from a Paiwan tribe person’s name, one can detect immediately his/her class level within that particular clan. Some names are designated specially by the Chieftain. The Chieftains and the Nobles possess prerogatives on ornamenting their costumes; such as: Snake-pattern hawk feathers, exquisite glazed beads, and unique graphic designs (human crane and hundred-step snake, etc.).

 

Thus far, usage restriction of Chieftain’s costume patterns has been lifted for popularity purpose; still no audacity yet to popularize Chieftain’s headdress is witnessed among most clans. The hierarchy system is passed on in heritage through generations. The Paiwan tribe-people practice gender equality, all properties and rights of each clan family shall be inherited by the eldest child (boy or girl); in some clans, there are women Chieftains as well. The rest of the siblings shall leave home-base after marriage; they shall erect their own houses and names.