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Recognition of Atayal Elders

Photo of Bakantoli and Alice
Bakantoli (Wang Shuzhen) (left) and Alice Takiwatan (right)
photo: Cheryl Robbins (2007)

Cheryl Robbins met with Alice Takiwatan and Bakantoli (Wang Shuzhen) at a reception with vice president, Annette Lu in Taichung on April 28. Bakantoli who lives near Yaki in Wufeng village was entrusted to be the steward for the statement of recognition and donation funds for the Atayal elder Yaki of Huayuan village in Wufeng township of Hsinchu county.

Voices in the Clouds

Photo of Bakantoli and Alice
Alice, Yaki and Bakantoli in Huayuan

Yaki is featured in the upcoming film "Voices in the Clouds" a documentary film that pays homage to the strength, perseverence, and beauty of the indigenous women of Taiwan. In this film, the audience will follow the personal story of a Taiwanese-American who is transformed by a life-altering experience. The movie begins by documenting the power of a man's love for his mother and follows his journey to Taiwan to search for her indigenous spirit after her death. What he discovers in the stories of the indigenous women in Taiwan makes such an impression on him that it changes his life forever.

ATAYAL Statement

ATAYAL (http://www.atayal.org/), an American NGO with the purpose of preserving the indigenous culture of Taiwan by developing cultural and economic opportunities in the United States, offers this donation to the elders who we see as national cultural treasures of Taiwan. We want to honor them for being living bridges to the past and thank them for being representatives of their culture, which we have proudly shared here in the United States. The money provided came from the proceeds of a photographic exhibit in May 2006 featuring indigenous Taiwanese culture. The money may be used however the women see fit.

Personal Note (from Tony Coolidge):

These women are an inspiration to me personally and provided me a "tribal maternal" connection to my past that I have been missing since the death of my mother. I want to thank each of them for providing me that special connection, even for the short time that I spent with them.