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Kiwit tribe

Kiwit tribe
East Coast National Scenic Area
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The Tough Spirit of the Climbing Fern
“Kiwit” in the Amis language refers to the Japanese climbing fern, a tough and durable plant that is widely applied in tribal life. The name “Kiwit” not only refers to the plant but also the tough spirit of the tribe. Protecting the roots and solidifying the foundation, the Kiwit tribe safeguards its culture while trying to maintain a balance between modernization and tribal traditions. To this aim, with the joint focus and efforts of all parties, three pathways have been developed: cultural tourism, transition to organic farming, and development of creative industry. It is hoped that tribesmen can settle and thrive on their homeland through progress on these pathways.

Creative Presentation of Local Cuisine
The Amis culinary culture is a treasure of life wisdom. Abiding the principle of local ingredient sourcing, creative cooking methods demonstrating the freshness and original taste of ingredients have been developed. Dining experience at Kiwit tribe is by reservation only. Fresh, local ingredients, cooked by experienced Amis chefs, turn into exquisite cuisine of mixed modern and traditional characters.

The Thinking Road of the East Coast—The Tatadok Rafting and Culture Experience
“Tatadok” in the Amis language means following the river downstream. Different from whitewater rafting that focuses on fast speed and thrills, Tatadok rafting is about taking it slow. There will still be some excitement from rafting through rough waters and rapids, but activities such as cast-net fishing, shrimp catching by placing cages, stone hotpot, and sharing tribal history and ancient tales are the charms of Kiwit you cannot miss. Following the creek downstream, going back in time, and listening to the Kiwit tales, allow your mind, body, and soul to be cleansed by the great nature and indulge in the beauty all-around.

Returning to the Basics—Traditional Residential Houses
The traditional residential houses of Kiwit were built with the joint efforts of the whole tribe. Led by elders, tribesmen of all ranks and ages must build the house using traditional tools and method. To achieve this, young men who left the tribe for work returned. Chiefs, men and women, grownups and children, all joined in to make their contributions. Today, these residential houses offer a unique accommodation experience. Have an overnight stay at a traditional residential house, experience the serenity of Kiwit tribe at night, return to the basics, and reminisce over the unique and wonderful experiences at the tribe.

The Kiwit Museum
Old pictures tell us stories about the past and memories. Traditional costumes demonstrate the weaving and dyeing techniques of the Amis people. Owing to the establishment of the Kiwit Museum, precious artifacts have been gradually returned to the tribe. Lost stories and meanings of objects can therefore be discovered. The Kiwit Museum has gathered valuable objects of tribal life which serve as important symbols of the Amis culture and the Kiwit Tribe. Come to the Kiwit Museum and listen to the stories!

Suggested route
Guided tour and stories along Xiuguluan River -> Shrimp cage placing by the river -> Outdoor cooking and cold drinks -> Ecological guided tour and visiting the old trails along the cliffs -> Rapids of the Quick Dog Shoal -> General Rock

Contact information
Email: Ayku0621@gmail.com
Phone: Ms. Gui-mei Pan +886-38-991220/ Jin-ying Jiang +886-912-523026
1. Each tribe has its unique culture and taboos. Before visiting the tribe, please acquaint yourself with the tribal conventions and ask for guidance by local residents.
2. Please respect the private space of tribal residents. Do not enter private property without permission or make noises and disturbance in the tribe.
3. Please respect the tribal religious ceremonies. During ceremonial period, please obey the rules and taboos. Do not disturb the ongoing ceremonies by entering without permission, taking photos, or making loud noises.
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